You could say its the convenience that makes busy and rushed people reach out for bagged salads. After all, who doesn’t appreciate taking out washed lettuce leaves and peeled and cut carrots to eat immediately with your meal? No preparation required – just buy and eat.
But have you stopped to consider how these salads are washed? When you do research, you will find that over the years, a number of people have died and many have become violently ill from eating bagged fresh lettuce and spinach contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Bacterial outbreaks such as these highlight the potential dangers of eating bagged vegetables, and should come as a special warning to pregnant women.
The Treatment Process is Killing Us
It just happens that people are becoming more health conscious, and there is a demand for ‘fresh, healthy salads’ which are ready to eat. Salad however, is considered to be one of the products most likely to cause food-related illness. The reason for this is that they are often grown in soils full of insecticides, and many pathogens can only be killed by heat or strong detergents such as chlorine. Plain water just won’t cut it.
There’s is Evidence of Illness Everywhere
Recently in Ohio in the USA, there was a packet of salad contaminated with Listeria. The salads were sold under various brand names and were withdrawn from stores where they were being sold. Twelve people became seriously ill and were hospitalized, having been infected with genetically related germs.
It has been estimated that Listeria puts about 1,600 people into hospital each year and that many of them die as a result. People who are at risk are those with weak immune systems, the old and the very young and pregnant women.
If you have had the misfortune of eating bagged salads likes those hailing from the Ohio facility, you too might have experienced some of the unpleasant symptoms that come from eating contaminated food.
We’ve All had These Symptoms, but they’re Getting Worse
It is frightening to realize that symptoms can develop up to 2 months after eating contaminated food, but mostly they develop within a week already. Symptoms can include loss of balance, headache, convulsions, muscle aches and fever, stiff neck and confusion. When you consider that some of these salads are soaked in unhealthy levels of chlorine to get rid of bacteria, you can begin to understand why people are getting so sick.
Who knows what else goes on before they are bagged such as the cleanliness of the hands or the gloves that are used to cut up some of the fruits and vegetables that are bagged. Enough to make you shudder and immediately start looking at growing your own stuff if at all possible. Certainly you should be looking at washing these salads thoroughly yourself before eating them.