Salads And Salmonellas

 

Lettuce is an important part of a healthy diet, but recently has become associated with a growing risk of food poisoning from bacteria such as Salmonella.

Our research has shown juices released from lettuce leaf cut-ends caused Salmonella to grow even when the salad bag was in the fridge. Scarily, tiny traces of salad juice helped the Salmonella to attach to salad leaves so strongly that washing could not remove them, and triggered the pathogen to become more aggressive and able to infect those who ate the salad. Greater attention has therefore to be made to keeping salads microbiologically safe.

Giannis Koukkidis and Dr Primrose Freestone. Infection, Immunity and Inflamation

 

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