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Two Sides of the Coin for Food Safety of Cut Leafy Greens


Cookson Beecher

It’s a coin with two markedly different sides. Flip it once and fresh cut leafy greens come up as the nutritional stars in salad mixes. On that list are spinach, kale, green and red leaf lettuces, baby leaf lettuces, escarole, endive, spring mix, arugula, romaine, and iceberg lettuce, among others. Praised by doctors and public health agencies alike for being nutritional powerhouses packed with vitamins, minerals and disease-fighting natural compounds made by the plants, fresh cut leafy greens come highly recommended as an important part of a healthy diet. But flip the coin again and up come warnings from a recent report done for the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention that put cut leafy greens smack-dab at the top of the list of the 10 riskiest FDA-regulated foods.

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