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Dead Bat Found in Wal-Mart Salad; Recall Issued

A dead bat in a package of Fresh Express prepackaged salad purchased in a Wal-Mart has caused a recall of the product, Organic Marketside Spring Mix, NBC Miami reports. The affected packages were distributed only in the Southeast U.S. in Wal-Mart stores.

It’s distressing that the salads in question are labeled “organic,” as this will only serve as an excuse for processed food supporters to bash organic foods. On the other hand, if the so-called organic food came in a sealed bag, technically speaking, in my opinion, this a type of food fraud that isn’t exactly what you would define as “fresh,” compared to something you would buy from your local farmers market.

This happens because the main focus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is whether or not the ingredient label is true to industry standards regarding organic guidelines. In a sense, you could even call the bat organic — but the point is that this is another danger that comes with pre-packaged foods, organic or not.

Sushi is another product that is rife with fraud. Popular ingredients in sushi and other Asian foods often contain monosodium glutamate, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, genetically modified ingredients, artificial colors and artificial flavors. That’s why, if you love sushi, you should consider making it at home by purchasing a whole, pollutant-free fish, such as wild-caught, Alaskan sockeye salmon.

I could go on with many other examples of seafood that isn’t really what it should be, or even olive oil that isn’t really what the label says. But the idea here is not to eat things that come in cans, boxes or plastic bags. The solution to eating well and improving your health is as simple as swapping processed foods for real food such as organically grown whole, fresh fruits and vegetables and grass fed meats and dairy products.
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