In the past two days there have been new recalls due to possible salmonella contamination – one for bagged lettuce sold at Trader Joe’s and Safeway the other for Smucker’s Natural Chunky Peanut Butter. Check your fridge and pantry and read stories below.
This is for all those who don’t wash their produce….
My son’s school has an amazing garden with fruit trees, herbs, veggies, and even chickens. Last week my son’s class was able to pick and bring home a bag of assorted greens. When we got home we put the bag in the fridge. I was quite surprised that evening, when I opened the bag to wash the lettuces and found a few hitchhikers…slugs and snails. I thought the kids would be bothered and not eat the lettuce, but I was wrong. We relocated the critters and washed (and washed again) the leaves to look for any other visitors. Finally we spun it in the salad spinner. Even in the spinner we saw one last tiny slug.
My son was proud of his lettuce and we enjoyed a tasty salad together.
Now of course if you buy your lettuce at the supermarket, it is unlikley you’ll have slugs and snails. However it is still possible to have their feces. So remember to wash and spin no matter if your lettuce comes right from the garden, picked at the farmer’s market or purcahsed at the grocery store. (Yes, even that bagged salad should be washed)