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Re: Help: rashes caused by handling produce

Parsnips -- the stems and leaves -- can provoke a severe reaction in 
some people.  I know a few people who have developed serious rashes 
while clearing bugs out of the seed heads.
Regards, j
> Date:          Sat, 30 Aug 1997 14:26:16 -0500
> To:            sanet-mg@amani.ces.ncsu.edu
> From:          "John A. Hendrickson" <jhendric@facstaff.wisc.edu>
> Subject:       Help: rashes caused by handling produce

> The produce manager at a food cooperative in Madison, Wisconsin is
> desperately trying to find out why she and many of her staff have
> been suffering from serious rashes on their hands and arms over the
> past few years or more.  They believe they've narrowed it down to
> their handling of either watermelons or celery that is not certified
> organic (i.e., "commercial").  They're concerned about long-term
> effects; some are already left with scars from the rash.  Does
> anyone out there have any information on this?  Is this common in
> produce retail?  I'll forward her your replies, thankyou.
> -John
> John Hendrickson
> Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
> University of Wisconsin-Madison
> 1450 Linden Drive, Room 146
> Madison, WI  53706
> jhendric@facstaff.wisc.edu
> (608) 265-3704
> FAX (608) 265-3020
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