The Truth About Washing Greens
Fresh vegetables are vulnerable to bacteria because they often come in contact with soil and water. Is washing enough?
Bagged salad greens, like fresh spinach and lettuce, have been at the center of several E-coli outbreaks in recent years.
Michael Doyle heads up food safety research at the University of Georgia. He’s not surprised by how susceptible our fresh produce supply is to contaminants.
I guess the surprise is that it’s taken this long for the produce industry to get this wake-up call that we need to do something to reinvent bagged salad.
Fresh vegetables are vulnerable to bacteria because they often come in contact with manure and water—two common routes for E-coli to transfer from cattle feces to agricultural fields.