Let’s replace the bagged salads with the old-fashioned, healthy, and fresh ones!
It is easier to just open the bag and pour the contents into a bowl than to wash, dry and cut the greens, we need to start focusing on the healthier option, instead of the quicker one.
In 2015, the government reported that fruit and vegetables are the leading source of Listeria and Salmonella food poisoning and the second leading source for E. coli. B
Yet, bagged lettuce was found to be much worse than all other veggies, and Emily Bazelon provided an explanation, writing at Slate in the aftermath of an earlier E. coli outbreak:
“To produce the bags, processing plants take greens from different farms, put them through three different chlorinated baths, dry and seal them in plastic, and then ship them to a market near you.
The chlorination doesn’t get rid of E. coli: To do that, you need to heat the leaves and treat them with an organic acid, which would probably make them go limp.
So, by mixing greens from different farms without treating them for contamination, the processing of bagged spinach spreads E. coli once it’s present in a particular field.”
Regarding the issue and the places where the batch of lettuce ended up, the Food Poisoning Bulletin stated:
“The salads have been known to have been distributed to the following states, but there may have been a further distribution to other states.
The states that received the salads include, but are not limited to: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
The salads were sold at Giant, Kroger, ALDI, Price Chopper, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Schnucks, Meijer, ShopRite, Stop n Shop, Food 4 Less, Jay C, FoodsCo, PriceRite and other stores.”
Well, this is a quite good reason to switch back to the good old, homemade salads, isn’t it?
Moreover, if possible, grow your own foods or find a trusted local farmer who can supply you with healthy, chlorine-free produce, and enjoy the taste of your nutrient-rich salads!