The Consumers Union tested 208 bagged lettuce samples from 16 brands and found 39% of them exceeded acceptable levels of coliform bacteria — that’s fecal matter to you and me. CU senior scientist Dr Michael Hansen pointed out:Â â€œAlthough these â€˜indicatorâ€™ bacteria generally do not make healthy people sick, the tests show not enough is being done to assure the safety or cleanliness of leafy greens.â€Â Not enough is a bit of an understatement considering there aren’t currently any federal standards for indicator bacteria in leafy greens.
Can you say “yuck”? I can, and since even the triple washed lettuces scored poorly in the testing, you can bet I’ll be washing my bagged lettuce thoroughly from now on — or maybe just go back to buying heads of lettuce. Since I’m washing the the leafy green stuff anyway, I might as well save some money.