Health risks in packaged greens
Although nutritionists stress the chances of getting sick from vegetables are low compared to the dangers of a diet without them, packaged salads heighten the risk because leaves from several batches often are mixed together.
Officials in Iowa and Nebraska say a packaged salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, carrots and red cabbage was infected with cyclospora, a parasite blamed for sickening 397 people in 16 states. In 2012, Food and Drug Administration issued more than 20 recalls for packaged salads, romaine lettuce or spinach. Most were due to tests finding listeria or E. coli bacteria, both of which can cause serious illness. However, of the 693 food product recalls between October 2011 and September 2012 - the last available year of records - only about 15 pertained to bagged lettuce or salads, according to FDA data.
According to nutritionists, if one is going to eat leafy greens, prefer fresh vegetables over packaged. And, make sure you wash them before cooking. Give vegetables several good washes and rinses and you're about as assured as you can be of being as safe as possible.
Read more Health News.
Source: Agency News Aug 03, 2013
All possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; however Onlymyhealth.com does not take any liability for the same. Using any information provided by the website is solely at the viewers’ discretion. In case of any medical exigencies/ persistent health issues, we advise you to seek a qualified medical practitioner before putting to use any advice/tips given by our team or any third party in form of answers/comments on the above mentioned website.