Food Recalls Worry West Texans

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

WEST TEXAS- It seems that every week some sort of produce is taken off the grocery store shelves and some West Texans say it's confusing and they can't keep up with all the recalls.

"I don't know what to shop anymore. Sometimes I do trust it, I do look at it, I go home and wash my tomatoes and jalapenos, all my vegetables and everything, that's what I do all the time," Consumer Ashley Ruiz, said.

But washing your vegetables will not always get rid of all the germs and bacteria.  According to a study by The Trust for American Health, one in four Americans get sick by a food borne illness each year, and more than 300,000 end up in the hospital.

"Sometimes I don't know what to do anymore; eating healthy is not possible for anybody, the babies, the little kids or anybody. It's weird now, I don't know what to believe in anymore. It's hard," Ruiz said.

Hard because there usually isn't a warning before a recall and some say they don't know what to watch for.

"As consumers we just need to watch what we buy.  Of course, we could always take to it  to the next step and grow our own vegetables and our own fruits, but here in Odessa I don't see it happening with the kind of weather we have," Consumer Corina Rodriguez, said.

Other West Texans say they've even changed the way they prepare their meals.

"You make sure you cook your meat, you don't eat it raw that's for sure or even rare or medium rare.  I don't know it's confusing it really is.  One day something it's good the next day they say it's bad, who knows anymore," Consumer Sheila Townsend, said.

News West 9 talked to the manager of HEB, he says they're always watching for food recalls to ensure their West Texas customers don't get sick. Even though it won't get rid of everything experts say washing your food is a good start to keeping your family safe.