In the recent weeks we have been "hit" by HUS (EHEC) with majority of the cases and related deaths in northern Germany. The Robert-Koch-Institute has issued warnings to the population to avoid eating raw cukes (where they confirmed findings of the E-coli bacterium on the cukes), tomatoes and salads. Ever since the outbreak in May, we - ie my family and mind you, I don't speak for others at all - have been avoiding fresh produce like plague. On the one hand, the experts have told us that as long as we wash the vegetables thoroughly and cook the vegetables, if I am not mistaken, for at least 10minutes at 70°C, it is safe to consume. A few days later, we were informed that "washing thoroughly" isn't enough and that we should avoid consuming the three named vegetables altogether. Farmers and wholesale merchants have been destroying their harvests, huge losses can be expected, no doubt about that. Worse is, I can't tell what I should buy at the local farmers' market and supermarket anymore. In fact, I feel like I have to wear disposable gloves when touching any produce! So, what is there left to eat these days? The meats aren't healthy, remember the BSE problem? Fish & seafood are either pumped full of antibiotics (so are cattle, pigs, poultry) or contain mercury. Now, they throw liquid manure on the farming land, which is an illegal practice in Europe, just because the cattle & dairy farmers end up with too much crap - literally speaking - on their hands. So, what is there left to eat these days?
Let's pray for those who are infected with HUS and the families who have lost their loved ones because of HUS/EHEC.
As unpleasant as things are at the moment, I have a couple of beads to share with you - have a great week and I'll be back soon with more beads.