The USDA has released a lot of warnings about contaminated food and we've been keeping you updated with recalls that we've learned about.
Most recently, lettuce imported from California was recalled for an e-coli scare.
After some research, we found some good news for those who buy local.
Doctors say the risk for major outbreaks is slim to none with locally grown produce.
And farmers' market and customers agree.
"With fresh and local when you get it, it's got a whole lot less miles on it. I would say it's safer," said John Marker.
Marker is one of the owners of Marker Miller Orchards.
"It's also tastier. Eating food that is grown locally is better for your body. Better, healtier. Just better for you. It all around has better nutrition," said loyal shopper, Rachel Mickahail.
She says locally grown food tastes the best, but that's not the only reason she buys local.
"Much more nutrition in a fresh product than in something that's been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks," said Mickahail.
"Generally I'd say it's safer because it hasn't gone through near as many hands," said Marker.
He's heard about the produce recalls and says it's less likely to happen with locally grown food.
"Most fruits and vegetables go through the same process on the trees and everything else like sprays or whatever. It's just not been subject to maybe as much cross-contamination," said Marker.
Customers say they agree that it's safer.
"Oh yes, definitely. I like to know where the food comes from. If I could grow it myself, I'd do it myself too... cause that's even better," said Mickahail.
Since locally grown food is produced at a smaller scale, the food isn't exposed to contaminants from large processing facilities.
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