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- Published: Friday, 22 July 2016 22:14
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No evidence of tainted fruits and vegetables
Based on the low level of toxins present in the Utah Lake water samples, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF), is lifting its advisory regarding the use of that water for food production and livestock watering (except for drinking directly from Utah Lake).
In addition, the UDAF has no reason to believe that fruits and vegetables irrigated with Utah Lake water are unsafe to consume.
We will continue to closely monitor test results and update our guidance as needed.
We emphasize that consumers should continue to exercise standard food safety practices at home by thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables before consuming them.
“We are cautiously optimistic that continued water test results will bring good news for our growers and consumers,” said Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams. “We are grateful to DEQ for providing sound science-based data to help clarify this issue,” she added.
In addition, the UDAF is sampling and testing fruits and vegetables irrigated with Utah Lake water. Those results will be made available to the public on the UDAF’s website (ag.utah.gov) and via social media channels.
Based on the lower level of cyanotoxins indicated in the report, livestock owners may return to normal watering practices for Jordan River water and Irrigation canals in Salt Lake County, but not for livestock drinking directly from Utah Lake water.
While these are positive results, we will continue to monitor this situation in cooperation with DEQ and other state and county agencies.