Food safety concerns at farmers markets

A new study shows vendors at farmers markets may be taking risks when it comes to food safety.
Researchers at Penn State observed 42 vendors in 8 farmers markets in Pennsylvania.

They found vendors tended to have poor hand-washing habits and there was potential for cross-contamination.

Less than a quarter had disposable gloves present at stands, even though many sold raw food.
The researchers also found the presence of food borne diseases, including Ecoli and listeria.
According to the USDA, there are nearly 9-thousand farmers markets in the country.

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