How to Choose an Onion Supplier
A public health alert has been issued for Mold consumers following reports of outbreaks in several communities across the country. Mold has been found in a wide range of places, including drinking water, food, and the air. It can grow on nearly anything, even on non-food items such as potted plants or leaves. The outbreak is thought to be caused by a large increase in organic material being shipped to stores, which combined with high temperatures has allowed the fungi to spread rapidly.
An example of a product that could be contaminated with mold include canned peaches and nectarines, honey, hot dogs, and any other products that come in sealed plastic containers labeled “pasteurized.” Mold also infests moist fruits, like most melons. The color may change from green to yellow and black stripes, or develop little black dots on the surface. These symptoms can be detected by looking at the outside of the can and smelling. Mold should not be mistaken for food-poisoning, which will have a different odor.
Because organic onion suppliers are in direct contact with the plant material it uses, spores from an infected crop can wind up on your food. Buy organic onion purees and keep them in glass jars with tight lids. Unopened canning jars can still hold bacteria, so it’s a good idea to throw out any spoiled products that have a strong odor. When you are preparing meals for your family, double check that any prepackaged foods you buy are safe. Be especially careful with any nectarines, melons, or grapes that are in a can or jar with a lid.
To be safe, you should inspect all produce that comes in a plastic bag and make sure that each bag has a lid. This will ensure that the contents don’t become contaminated. If you find mold or suspect that there could be toxins or harmful contaminants in your food, contact a public health department or your local certified health inspector for advice and testing. If you don’t test properly for the presence of toxins or other health problems, you could end up with a large medical bill that you’re unable to pay.
Another thing that you need to keep in mind when choosing a new supplier for your food is their transparency. Check their website for certifications, licenses, and other statements. It’s important that they are licensed to sell and deliver food in your state. There are many onion suppliers that won’t mention this fact on their website, and instead will focus on the price and convenience of their product.
In order to be as safe as possible, ask friends and family for advice on which onion supplier they use and how well their products do. They may even know someone else who uses the service and can give you some recommendations. Always take it a step further and talk to the health department of a local certified nursery if you have any questions about your food. At the same time, don’t assume that just because a person works with onion that they are using safe and healthy onion products. Even if it’s an onion supplier that you’ve never heard of, it doesn’t mean that they’re unsafe for your health.