Watch Out: Pre-cut veggies are not a good choice

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Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Whole Foods and other food merchandisers have just had to recall some vegetable products from packaged vegetable supplier Mann Packing because of fears the veggies may carry listeria, which has the potential to be a very serious infection for some people, such as the very young, seniors, and those with immune-related disorders.

The good news is that there are no reports yet as far as I can tell about anyone getting sick from these veggies – and we should be very thankful for that – but time will tell if that holds true since it often takes a few weeks to find such cases.

Now it’s true, of course, that listeria can be found even in veggies that have not been pre-cut – more accurately, I think, pre-handled – but common sense tells me that the fewer people and machines that have accessed my greens (never kale, of course), the less chance I have of picking up something from that produce that I really don’t want to get.

Bottom line: if at all possible, don’t buy pre-cut veggies but take the extra 3 to 5 minutes to slice your own veggies for your salad.

That salad will not only taste better – pre-cut is like low-fat: inevitably reduced taste – but it will have less chance of making you sick.

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