Visiting the streets of down town Chicago demonstrates a cultural variety of foods. As you walk down the street the various smells hit you. But the question still remains what types of foods are safe to eat? However, this question extends past the Chicago land area but to the whole United States. Visiting the United States brings a large variety of different foods. Yet many of the differences in the cultural foods are associated with the use of different spices, not necessarily the actual food.
Skeptics may choose not to eat a certain type of food due to stereotyping. This behavior is often seen after a mass recall is publicized on the media. Unfortunately, food associated pathogens do not discriminate to one specific type of food group. From eggs, cows and vegetables these different groups represent may of the variety of foods found in the United States. Visiting this country can bring the eater great satisfaction to find such a vast variety of foods. But these foods are never really free E. Coli, Salmonella or Listeria. Still many individuals exhibit preferences when grocery shopping towards organic or hormone free choices. According to Newsweek (n.d.), “Buying organic or local doesn’t necessarily mean you’re protected from diseases” (3). This is evident as many of the nations foods come from a few growers located in different regions of the country.
Yet visitors may not be aware of the potential illnesses that could affect them as they get lost in the aromas of foods while walking down a street late at night in the United States. As a visitor you associate the smell of food with a great vacation. However, the smell of food and safety may contradict each other at times. Still as you visit this country you cannot help but enjoy the vast amounts of foods from different cultural