We have your answer: aged salads are being drenched in chlorine and covered with bacteria. The latest example which has been examined showed Listeria in Dole brands salads. This bacteria can cause miscarriages or stillborn fetuses or child-bearing women.
Listeriosis is actually a rare illness which is being borne by food and is caused by listeria monocytogens bacteria. It causes high fever, vomiting, and diarrhea which pass in 3 days without the need of any treatments. However, in rare cases the infection can be more sever, spreading to other body parts and causing serious complications like meningitis.
You might experience stiff neck, severe headaches, and tremor.
The salads have been recalled, but there were 15 people who have been hospitalized, and one is already dead. There were severe outbreaks of E. Coli in early spring salads.
Fruits and vegetables are number one source of Listeria and Salmonella food poisoning, and number 2 source of E. Coli, according to the government report from 2015.
Where else can we find this bacteria?
- Pre-packed sandwiches;
- Soft blue cheese;
- Soft cheeses like Brie or Camembert;
- Smoked salmon;
- Cooked sliced meats (including cold cuts).
The bacteria is transferable through stools of infected animals or human carriers. However, there is something which makes it worse for the bagged lettuce. In order to produce the bags, processing plants take greens from different farms, put them through 3 different chlorinated baths, dry and seal them in plastic, and finally ship them to the market near you. E. Coli is not eliminated through chlorination. In order to do that you will have to heat the leaves and treat them with organic acid. This will probably make them limp.
The salad has been distributed in the following states: Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The salads were sold at Giant, Kroger, ALDI, Price Chopper, Walmart, Fred Meyer, Schnucks, Meijer, ShopRite, Stop n Shop, Food 4 Less, Jay C, FoodsCo, PriceRite and other stores.”
If you wash the infected salad with plain water, it will spread the germs around, leaving them alive and kicking. You can wash them with vinegar solution which is slightly more effective than water.
Don’t you think it is time to stop eating bagged salads?!