Friday, February 01, 2013
Wash Your Veggies
At Restating the Obvious, Harry points to an article that notes that "[a]bout 1 in 5 illnesses were linked to leafy green vegetables — more than any other type of food."
I work with lettuce growers and they're horrified that somewhere downstream from them someone packages their lettuce and puts "already washed, ready to eat" on the package. They think it's idiotic that anyone would eat any vegetable without rewashing it first.
I've seen one of the packing plants and it's amazingly sterile. The people are wearing sterilized gloves, lab jackets, boots, and hair nets and everything (including hands and lettuce) is continually washed down with a chlorine solution.
The problem is that one little bacteria that somehow survives the chlorine onslaught and makes it in the package becomes a lot of bacteria after a few days en-route to the market, then your home, and then finally the dinner table. For the vast majority of people nearly all the time, no problem, but still, it's a good idea to rewash vegetables before you eat them.