According to FoodMagazine:
Salmonella, parasites found in agricultural fertilisers.
Tests conducted on human faeces fertilisers used for growing foods have revealed the presence of potentially fatal bugs, despite having undergone treatment, according to an exclusive investigation by The Sunday Telegraph.
The News Limited paper reported yesterday that two samples of fertiliser tested by Biotech Laboratories, revealed traces of salmonella, an infectious virus and the parasite blastocystis, which is usually found in filthy water in developing countries.
The results of the tests contradict previous advice provided by health officials and Sydney Water, who said the “biosolids” program that turns raw sewage into fertiliser for use in agricultural farming, is safe.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, fertilisers made from human waste are currently used in 20 wheat, canola and oats farms in NSW. There are also claims it is being used on vegetable and dairy farms in Queensland.
The incident has led to a call for foods grown from human waste fertilisers to be banned from supermarket shelves.
Now you have another good reason to grow your own veggies. If you don’t have a garden, you can always grow in containers on your window-sill, on your balcony, at your front and back door…… just remember not to use human excrement as your fertilizer!