DIY – Food Poison 101 – Lettuce And Prepackaged Salads

Contrary to what factory efficient {insert Big Food Corporation Name here} tells you, or what your local supermarket wants you to think. Fruits and vegetables are not prepackaged to benefit You the Consumer.

It is to allow producers and supermarkets to retain on market displays ‘old’ produce for a much longer time. These packages prevent consumers from being able to feel or smell fruits and vegetables before being purchased.

Prepackaged fruits, vegetables and salad greens are packaged in containers that are a perfect place to grow bacteria such as E coli and Salmonella.

Before you buy your next prepackaged bag of salad greens, tomato’s, carrots or celery, ask yourself one simple question. Is the convenience of buying prepackaged fruits and vegetables worth the risk of sicking my family with bacteria infections?

If after knowing the risk associated with prepackaged fruits and vegetables you still insist on purchasing these products, at least use a bit of common sense before serving them.

Carefully wash all fruits and vegetables under cold running water to remove dirt and surface bacteria, pesticides and fungicides used by producers. When steaming or boiling or broiling vegetables, insure that they reach a temperature of at least 160 degrees. This is the temperature needed to kill bacteria. Quickly cool steamed or boiled vegetables in ice water to stop cooking action and retain more of their color and nutritional value.

Remember, You are the last line of defense between your family and a deadly bacteria infection!

Reference document Unseen danger in bagged salads Lori Olson, had kidney failure. She had to have a tube inserted through her abdomen and she was hooked up to a dialysis machine for 24 hours a day for about 18 days. E.coli 0157 bacteria source was food poisoning from prepackaged bag salad.

Reference document Study Finds Salad Can Contain High Levels of Fecal Bacteria Samples, including national brands Dole, Earthbound Farm Organic, and Fresh Express, plus regional and store brands, had at least one package with relatively high levels of total coliforms or Enterococcus.
Whether the greens came in a clamshell or bag, were labeled “baby” greens, or were organic, made no difference in bacteria levels.

Reference document ABC News – Health 10 dirtest foods Don’t look now, but the lettuce on a burger could cause you more grief than the beef. Outbreaks of E. coli has sickened people all across the U.S. Many times prepackaged lettuce and salad is to blame. According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, lettuce accounted for 11 percent of reported food-poisoning outbreaks and “salad” accounted for 28 percent.

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4 responses to “DIY – Food Poison 101 – Lettuce And Prepackaged Salads

  1. Further incentive to grown your own food 🙂


  2. Thank you for this, I’m guilty…. er was, not anymore!


  3. Teresa Cleveland Wendel

    I sometimes buy these “for the convenience” but I guess I’ll have to rethink that now. Thanks.


  4. I’ve often felt that this was the case with packaged greens and am glad to have it corroborated.


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