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Consumers at Risk: One in Six Wood Pallets in Los Angeles Discovered With Potentially Deadly Pathogens
Date:6/16/2010

ORLANDO, Fla., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- New independent microbiology testing reveals that one in every six wood pallets that transport food in Los Angeles, CA tested positive for one of three types of pathogens that spread easily and endanger the nation's food supply and the lives of American consumers.

Either E. coli, Listeria, or Enterobacter cloacae, a bacterium that causes sickness and even death in people with lowered immune systems, were found on one in every six wood pallets tested in Los Angeles.  Tests were conducted in multiple locations in Los Angeles on both wood and plastic pallets used by supermarkets, restaurants and seafood retailers.  In addition to the pathogens, the Los Angeles testing showed that 50 percent of all wood pallets sampled contained high bacteria counts in excess of 100,000 spores per gram, indicative of unsanitary conditions.  Four of the wood pallet samples had bacteria counts in the millions of spores per gram range.  Conversely, no pathogens and no high bacteria counts were found on any of the plastic pallets tested.

The Los Angeles tests, which are the sixth in a series of independent tests on wood and plastic pallets conducted from Portland, ME to New Orleans, LA, add to the growing body of evidence showing that wood pallets harbor bacteria and deadly pathogens that threaten the safety of our nation's food and pharmaceuticals transported on wood pallets. The National Consumers League, the non-profit and independent consumer advocacy group, last month found dangerous pathogens on about one in every seven wood pallets they tested in '/>"/>

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