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I thought I find a way to keep costs down while still trying to stay eco-friendly. Trying to keep striving for sustainability. This a record of that journey.

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This frugal crunchy hipster single momma is doing what she can to save Mother Earth while not breaking the bank!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

ewww now I have to wash my bagged lettuce

on Civil Eats site reports that Consumer Reports' that packaged leafy greens has high levels of fecal contamination! Signs of poor bathroom manners. Yuk! Plus this also is in the organic produce too!

There is limits on the amount of contamination in our water, raw meat, milk, and some processed foods, but not produce. So the lettuce is not tested to assure us that there is no contamination.

Part of the testing that Consumer Reports included the sale by dates. The closer to the sell by date the more of this contamination. So try to use it up before the sale by date and wash, wash your greens...... the packages marked "pre­washed" and "triple-washed" salad greens had a high number of poop matter.

What Consumer Reports advice on what you can do:

* Buy packages as far from their use-by date as you can find.
* Even if the bag says "prewashed" or "triple-washed," wash the greens yourself. Rinsing won't remove all bacteria but may remove residual soil.
* Prevent cross contamination by keeping greens away from raw meat

Ok this is getting gross. First I learn that at fast food restaurants there is a high level of fecal matter in the drinking fountains and now it the lettuce bags!!!!! OH my goodness. It is also said that many times this contamination is from the illegal help that picks the food. The ones in charge demand a high yield and cut cost where they can. Not that the pay is problem. Many times the works just use the ground as their bathroom, for to take a break may cost them their pay for the day. I am not sure how true this is or if it is a internet rumor but makes you wonder with many foods are testing high for the fecal bacteria.....

Guess we should just give everything a good washing before eating......


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