Going Green

Friday, July 25, 2008

Proper Storage of Bagged Salads

Bacteria and viruses are pervasive in the environment. They are everywhere -- including on food. Proper handling and preparation are necessary to prevent transmission of those pathogens to humans. Wash your food before preparation. Keep food preparation surfaces clean. Store foods at the proper temperature. Cook foods adequately. Wash your hands!

These simple things can greatly reduce problems like e. coli and salmonella outbreaks that we have seen in the news recently.

Cold Temperature is Key to Quality of Bagged Salads

By Rosalie Marion Bliss
July 24, 2008

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have found that proper storage temperatures are essential to minimize bacterial growth and adaptability inside sealed, bagged salads. They have been studying the safety of new technologies that extend the shelf life of bagged salad greens.

The work was...(complete news release here).

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