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Frozen Fruits And Veggies Significantly Safe, Says Consumers Report

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Food and beverages today pose a severe threat to the health of the masses. Umpteen reports show many harmful and toxic things found in many edible products, even at good and popular restaurants and eateries.

But sometimes, the results of these studies have proven to be too good to be true. A recent survey by Consumers Report didn’t find any harmful bacteria in a sample of eight types of frozen products. The investigation was performed on more than 300 samples, and the scientists found positive results, the Washington Post reports.

The history of frozen food tests has not been excellent. The Food and Drug Administration data shows that in 2016, 450 food samples from 42 brands were recalled after the outbreak of listeriosis in many states.

Since then, frozen food has been recalled several times after possible contamination from Hepatitis A and listeria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection has provided alarming data about this. According to the CDC, listeria is of utmost concern in frozen foods. Most people who are exposed to listeria don’t get affected. But those who develop listeriosis may have to be hospitalized due to diarrhea or fever. About 20% of people die because of this, says CDC.

According to the American Frozen Food Institute, frozen food sales spiked during the pandemic. The consumption of frozen vegetables rose about 15%, and that of fruits rose nearly 30% in the first year of the pandemic, says the AFFI report.

Consumers Report’s food scientists evaluated E. coli, listeria, and salmonella. These bacteria are primarily responsible for foodborne illnesses. Sana Mujahid, manager of food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports, said that their research team did not find any bacteria in the food samples, reported by the Washington Post.

Mujahid says that though their team did not find any bacteria in the samples, it does not mean that frozen food is pathogen-free as their team did not test for hepatitis (as it requires a different test). It is still advised to heat frozen food before consumption, she says.

According to the researchers, most frozen vegetables are blanched in hot water or steamed before freezing. People may think that it is safe to consume frozen food directly, but the experts at Consumers Report say frozen food must be heated first.

Frozen food may benefit from fresh food, like easy accessibility and more extended storage. But the nutritional value of fresh food is much more than that of frozen ones. But frozen food performs better in some cases refrigerated for more than 4 days. Experts say people should consume frozen and fresh food items instead of relying only on frozen food.

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