I subscribe to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency food warning, recall, and allergy email notification service. This means that I receive an email every time any food produced, processed, or sold in Canada gets flagged as a possible danger and requires a warning. I receive warnings every single day, which is sort of scary.
The latest warning involves Los Angeles Salad Company baby carrots that are actually from Mexico, but are sold in Costco stores in Canada, as far away as Quebec, which is where I live. They may contain shigella, which is not easily detectable and can cause bloody diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.
Mexico is over 5000 kilometers from Quebec, which is over 3100 miles.
Now I am certain that the great state of California grows carrots, so they don't actually need to grow them in Mexico. I'm sure that is completely irrelevant because there is a decent probability that the Los Angeles Salad Company doesn't even sell carrots in Los Angeles, and there is probably a larger probability that the owner or owners of the Los Angeles Salad Company don't actually live in the city of Los Angeles, or even the state of California. In fact, the Los Angeles Salad Company is not located in Los Angeles but in a city called "City of industry". That sort of scares me, and it should scare you.
Carrots definitely do not need to be grown in Mexico and then sent to Quebec, where carrots are currently in season. I ate a carrot yesterday that was grown in Quebec. It was delicious. Carrots grown in Quebec can be stored and used almost year round.
I wonder what the owners of the Los Angeles Salad Company eat. Their website doesn't really have any useful information on it. Do they eat their own food? If they have any brains, they do not. They probably just sell it to people who have been conditioned by very talented marketing and branding executives to buy large quantities of food at very low prices regardless of what the consequences are to the land, the people who make the products, or even their own health.
Sorry for the rant. I think ALL food recalls should be printed on the front pages of every newspaper and broadcast on every television newscast at the expense of the owners of the companies that make these foods.
I think I should go to my community garden plot to do some contemplative weeding...