Lettuce avoid salad for health preservation

Feb 5, 2016
Reading Time: 2 minutes
Written by Ananya Singh

Let’s be honest, no one eats salad for the “taste”, besides maybe potato salad. But now salads have lost the only bit of charm the leafy greens had; the “healthy” aspect of salads is now being compromised to the “might give you salmonella” aspect.

While being a herbivore (even if you only do so once a meal) is better for our environment and ecosystems, it’s not much use unless the veggies are organically grown and not manufactured in a large minefield of pesticides and radioactive fertilisers.

An urgent national recall, along with warnings, has been issued for pre-packed lettuce products regarding a number of salmonella infection cases. There have been 28 confirmed cases of infection so far. The culprit has been traced to be the Victorian-based company Tripod Farmers.

Lettuce sold in supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths has been affected, including brands, Coles 4 Leaf Mix, Woolworths salad mix, SupaSalad Supamix and Wash N Toss salad mix. All the infected products have best before date of unto and including February 14. The premises has undergone a full inspection and clean-up along with continued testing and monitoring of the products produced by the company.

Furthermore the recall has also extended to Bi-Lo and now Lite n’ Easy (so much for “healthy” eating). While there have been no reported incidents of people falling ill from Lite n Easy’s products, the company is recommending anyone feeling ill should contact a doctor immediately.

Symptoms of salmonellosis become noticeable between 6 to 72 hours after the bacteria is ingested and include: diarrhoea, which may contain blood or mucous; fever; headache; stomach cramps; nausea; vomiting, and dehydration, especially among infants and the elderly.

Salads have been a crucial part of human diet since our primitive ancestors learned to walk on two legs up until we learned to walk in heels. But to the privileged man not bound by limited food options, salads are more of a choice than necessity. If anything, now we have a legitimate reason to stay clear of salads.

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