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e-coli of convenience

my idea of convenience food is triple-washed, bagged lettuce and baby spinach. i love the convenience and fusslessness of it. it’s so much easier to grab a couple handfuls of baby lettuce than to core the head of lettuce, wash, dry and rip.

imagine my dismay to find out that my ONLY convenience food is potentially deadly.

apparently, next to raw meat, bagged and cut lettuce is the most likely food source to be contaminated with e-coli. and, even tho’ this is the first i’ve heard of it (Dateline NBC), contaminated lettuce has been a problem since the 90s…maybe even earlier.

so, i’d like to warn you all that we need to go back to the OLD way of making our salads. buy UNCUT, locally grown lettuce, hopefully from known sources and eat it immediately. if you must store it, do so without washing or cutting so that those nasty e-coli buggers don’t have an easier time contaminating your food. wash well and tear just before eating. your best bet is to cook most of your greens (especially spinach).

here’s a link with some useful info and helpful links.

i should have known my romance with prewashed, bagged lettuce couldn’t last. i suppose i’ll probably carry this to the point where i won’t eat any lettuce unless i grow it myself.

and of course, i’ll be in a whorl of worry until i’m sure my dad and sister don’t suffer from the salad i served them tonight.


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