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April 8, 2009

With Salmonella Scare, Shoppers turn to “Sacred Foods”

An article on Examiner.com, reports that the Salmonella scare associated with pistachios has caused many shoppers to turn toward so-called “sacred foods.” Sacred Foods include kosher and Halal foods and foods that are gluten-free and dairy-free.

According to an article in Specialty Food Magazine, the boom of the “sacred food market is second only to the organic market in increased sales in recent years.

The increase in this market can be partially attributed to “perceived quality and hygiene involved in the preparation of these foods which are regulated by religious standards more rigorous than government standards,” and seem less likely to be contaminated than processed foods.

The SpecialtyFood.com article noting the increase in the Sacred Food market can be found here.

Some examples of popular Sacred Food online distributors include Kosher.com and GlutenFree.com.

Thank you to William Mitchell College of Law student John McVoy for preparing this post.

April 8, 2009 in Food culture, food safety, Issues and thoughts | Permalink

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