Why is fresh produce so susceptible to contamination?
There are a number of things that can go wrong before the produce reaches your table and thus allow food borne illness to reach you. Open fields of produce may be close to grazing livestock that carry a pathogen. On some farms, compost that uses cow manure may be used in the fields. The washing of your produce may be incomplete. Finally, some steps in the packaging might have been compromised and become unsanitary.