Research – Spanish study finds organic produce contamination

Food Safety News

Early findings from researchers in Spain has found organic produce can be contaminated with a range of bacteria.

The study suggests that amoebas that live on organic leafy vegetables can shelter human pathogens like Pseudomonas, Salmonella, and Helicobacter.

Details are based on a poster presentation at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Lisbon, Portugal, from April 23 to 26. All abstracts were peer reviewed by a congress committee. There is no paper yet, but the research has been submitted to a medical journal for publication.

However, other scientists warned that while conclusions are interesting, the fact that data has not yet been peer reviewed means they cannot be put into context.

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