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Did the Maple Leaf listeria outbreak of 2008 change your eating habits?

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This is gremolata's Discussion Topic of the Day for August 5th, 2009.

The listeria concerns at Maple Leaf are a serious issue for many. After all, the 22 deaths from last year’s outbreak was unprecedented and every evening last summer, Canadians tuned in to learn more about what they were eating and the security of its source. Given the anniversary of the outbreak and this new recall from Maple Leaf, we wanted to know if the Maple Leaf listeria outbreak of 2008 changed your eating habits? Did it have an impact on your family, neighbours, or co-workers? Or was it simply a tragic news story? Share your thoughts and start the discussion!
Post Reply By James in ETOBICOKE on 8/4/2009 11:27:17 PM

It was terrible and I am upset to see another outbreak. However, I think this kind of disaster is what really opens people's eyes to our industrial food system and the flaws in it. We regulate the heck out of these large producers and limit artisans from producing their own quality products unless they can match the standards of Maple Leaf or another big producer. As a result, we end up limited with our choice. I have NEVER been ill from anything I have had from an artisan producer but did catch a wicked stomach bug from some mass-produced chicken a few years ago. I say it is time for reform here...if the government is listening!
Post Reply By Greg in TORONTO on 8/5/2009 9:57:29 AM

I always use to buy deli meats because it was a convenient and fast way to make a sandwich for lunch. Since the Listeria outbreak in 2008, I have stopped that all together. I now buy fresh chicken or turkey breasts and cook them myself. Not only do I have piece of mind that it wont make me sick, but I can control my sodium intake and create customized flavours to make sandwiches intersting. Furthermore, it is anoticeably cheaper way to nourish yourself.
Post Reply By Yves in EAST YORK on 8/5/2009 9:57:36 AM

I grew up on Maple Leaf, Shopsy's, and other deli meat products. We used to eat hot dogs all the time in the summer. Then, as I got older, I started feeling sick when I would eat them. I had trouble digesting them and would feel flushed. My doctor said it was from all of the nitrates and additives. This was the start of my switch to organic and local food. Back then, early 1990s, it was a hard thing to do - not alot of availability. However, since last year, I have been seeing a flood of "alternative" source chickens, meats, and pork products out there. Even Loblaws is carrying Beretta Farms meats and have grain-fed chicken these days! I think the scare last year brought this on. Consumers are the drivers of change and we are all consumers! Would love to see the stats to prove this if anyone has them.
Post Reply By Mary in ST CATHARINES on 8/5/2009 10:16:29 AM