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Are Grocery Stores The Cause Of Cross-Contamination Of Our Food?

Are grocery stores the cause of 
cross-contamination of our food?

It has been causing me grief for quite some time now; every time we purchase food from our local grocery stores I have to unpack it outside due to the overwhelming stench of chemical fabric-softener-like scent on the bags and boxes and even on the skins of the produce...Yuck!

Has anyone else noticed this?

Many people I have spoken to agree that grocery stores are becoming harder to shop at because of the chemical products sold and stored in the same vicinity as our food. It also makes me wonder just how it is handled and stored in the stock room.

The last straw was when I un-bagged and washed my Earthbound Farms organic Kiwis and even after washing the Kiwi was purely inedible due to the scent of chemicals, So on to my bag of organic Our Compliments brand red apples from Sobeys…Again, so tainted I render them inedible. Everything from eggs (shells are porous) to so-called fresh organic produce to freezer items from two different local grocery store chains Dominion and Sobeys, all have the distinctive stench of chemical-laden fabric softener.

It’s not only the smell that concerns me but when I bit into a peeled washed apple sure enough I gagged on the chemical taste. Strangely enough if I order my food from a strictly food-based co-op this chemical scent and taste does not occur even on the same brand of products. Sadly for me I live in Newfoundland where there is limited local produce and no food-sharing co-ops.

Why are we allowing our food to be stored and handled this way by big box stores? There is no doubt that if it smells like a chemical and tastes like a chemical then it must be contaminated with chemicals!

I choose to eat organic products to limit my intake of chemicals yet if my organic food is being handled and stored with chemicals, then I am buying tainted food. We all have a right to eat pure clean food. I decided to search the internet to see if anyone else has discovered this type of cross contamination and I came across a short article written by Mike Adams.

Seems I am not the only one who has noticed this but it remains that not many are making an issue about this. I am writing today to ask that all grocery stores cease storing chemical cleaning products, air fresheners, and any other voc containing products in the vicinity of our food.

Design or re-design your stores to house these items in their own separate sealed rooms to ensure that you are not adding to the chemical contamination of your customers’ food. I am asking that farmers and manufacturers of food products stand up to protect your food from contamination and ask all grocery stores to place chemical products away from your goods.

I am asking organic certification bodies and food safety councils to also take a stand and look into this cross-contamination. And I am asking all consumers to tell your stories of chemical smell and taste on your food and take a stand by writing your grocery store and asking them to do the same.

Needless to say I am returning my Earthbound Farm Kiwis and my Our Compliments apples to the store for a refund but how is that really going to change anything? I need your help to change the way our food is stored and handled so we as consumers have the best chance at eating healthy food.

This stuff gets absorbed into the food at the grocery store!

Oh, and here's another huge "Wow" realization that, I guarantee you, nobody else is talking about these days: Many of these toxic fragrance chemicals escape from their product bottles, circulate in the air at grocery stores, and get absorbed by other food products sold in the same store.

I'm not kidding: That's why the peaches I once bought at Costco smell like Tide laundry detergent. It's because the peaches have soaked up some chemicals from the Tide! It's why fresh produce sold at grocery stores sometimes tastes like soap, or why water sold in cheap plastic jugs easily soaks up fragrance chemicals and tastes like Bounce dryer sheets. Any food item you buy from a retailer that sells toxic cleaning products is, itself, slightly toxic.

Right now, nobody is talking about this. This risk of chemical cross-contamination hasn't even been admitted to by mainstream scientists, the FDA, the EPA or any government agency. And yet it's a huge issue that impacts virtually all consumers; even healthy consumers who think they're reading labels and making smart shopping choices. If they're buying food or beverages under the same roof as a store that sells garden pesticides, toxic air fresheners, chemical-soaked dryer sheets or other products containing dangerous chemicals, then they're buying chemically contaminated food!

It's yet another reason to buy from local farmers' markets or co-op stores. Support Community-Supported Agriculture organizations (CSAs) and grow what you can yourself, in your own back yard, where the food goes from your garden to your plate, without being subjected to toxic chemicals in the air. And get some detox products to get rid of these chemicals. Some great sources include Heavy Metal Detox from and Metal Magic from (another interesting product is Natural Cellular Defense which I recommend through a friend Jason Groode at

Trust me on this issue: We've only heard the beginning of all this. Just wait until scientists someday wake up and start realizing that virtually everything sold at most retailers is contaminated with toxic chemicals -- even when those chemicals are not added to the products during manufacturing! Just remember this:

Products sitting on the shelves at retailers exchange molecules. Fruits and vegetables absorb molecules in the air, and solvent chemicals can go right through plastic containers. When you buy something at a store, you're buying a little bit of everything in the store! It's another reason to stop shopping at retailers that sell pesticides, toxic soaps, laundry products, solvents and cleaners. Get your food from a FOOD store, and make sure it's real food (not that processed garbage).

By the way, you can read the original NRDC press release at:

About the author: Mike Adams is a natural health researcher and author with a passion for teaching people how to improve their health He is a prolific writer and has published thousands of articles, interviews, reports and consumer guides, impacting the lives of millions of readers around the world who are experiencing phenomenal health benefits from reading his articles. Adams is an independent journalist with strong ethics who does not get paid to write articles about any product or company. In 2007, Adams launched EcoLEDs, a maker of energy efficient LED lights that greatly reduce CO2 emissions. He's also a veteran of the software technology industry, having founded a personalized mass email software product used to deliver email newsletters to subscribers. Adams volunteers his time to serve as the executive director of the Consumer Wellness Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and pursues hobbies such as Pilates, Capoeira, nature macrophotography and organic gardening. Known by his callsign, the 'Health Ranger,' Adams posts his missions statements, health statistics and health photos at
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