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Food safety is a major issue as is the way food is prepared, not only at home but when we travel. What many people may not know is that simply washing food products is not always enough to prevent foodborne contamination and illness. According to National food safety expert and founder of EatCleaner.com, Mareya Ibrahim is concerned about the efficacy of information given by industry experts regarding the use of only water as sufficient precaution in cleaning produce. Based on corroborating scientific studies that indicates more than a water rinse is needed for certain risky foods, Ibrahim advocates that the public should be educated on various food risks. For example, this author became extremely ill from contaminated vegetables when traveling to Myanmar (Burma). According to some of her local Burmese friends, they always soak vegetables in a saline solution for 24 hours before use. By simply doing this, it might have prevented her food-related illness.

Leafy greens
Leafy greens Karin Leperi

Leafy greens

1. Leafy greens: Responsible for 363 outbreaks in the U.S. involving 13,568 reported cases of illness according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest based on FDA data.

Brown organic eggs
Brown organic eggs Karin Leperi

Brown organic eggs

2.  Eggs: 352 outbreaks involving 11,163 reported cases of illness according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest based on FDA data.

Fresh tuna
Fresh tuna Courtesy of FoundWalls.com

Fresh tuna

3. Tuna: 268 outbreaks involving 2,341 reported cases of illness according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest based on FDA data.

Fresh oysters
Fresh oysters Karin Leperi

Fresh oysters

4. Oysters: 132 outbreaks involving 3,409 reported cases of illness according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest based on FDA data.

Steak & potatoes
Steak & potatoes Karin Leperi

Steak & potatoes

5. Potatoes: 108 outbreaks involving 3,659 reported cases of illness according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest based on FDA data.

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