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Farmers Market Greens vs. Packaged Salads: The Safety Showdown

By • April 24, 2012 • 1 Comment

As the child of two doctors, horror stories of e-coli on spinach permeated my family's dinner table conversation on a fairly regular basis. I cannot adequately describe the terror that still overcomes me at the sight of a standard plastic salad container. Growing up, we raised our own lettuce - somehow knowing where the food came from made us feel safer. Yes, our newly harvested mesclun mix was covered in dirt, but it was our dirt.

Recently, I have begun to re-examine my fear of industrially raised baby-greens. Is it rational? Probably not. A new piece from NPR looks at the relative safety of local and packaged greens. The conclusion may not be what you are expecting. 

Are Local Salad Greens Safer Than packaged Salad Greens? from NPR

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over 2 years ago ATG117

Very interesting article. I think many people assume, as did i, that locally grown necessarily means safer and better for you. This raised issues I never considered.