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Ready-to-eat food products provide convenience and comfort for consumers everywhere. However, large scale food production also has the pitfall of potential problems with extremely far-reaching repercussions. In the past few weeks, several notable companies have announced major food recalls due to health concerns.
Mars announced the recall of Milky Way, Snickers, and Mars Bars across the world due to the possibility of plastic making its way into the candy. Trader Joe‘s had to announce that their pistachio stock may have been contaminated with Salmonella, and call for their immediate disposal. And Nestle recently recalled literally millions of boxes of frozen products because they might have particles of glass in them. Yes, that’s right, glass.
These instances call into question the safety of purchasing food that has been processed in large facilities, because, often, if one thing goes wrong, the reach of the problem can be absolutely huge.
The best way to avoid these types of health risks is simply to buy whole foods, and avoid overly processed products.