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to think a "washed and ready to eat" bag of salad leaves SHOULDN'T have mud in it?

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DoesItWearingWellies Fri 05-Aug-11 20:44:40

Okay, it was only 5 leaves from a huge bag, and obviously I can wash the mud off myself (which I did), but I thought the whole point was the convenience of just opening the bag and plonking it arranging it neatly on a plate?

onemoreminute Fri 05-Aug-11 20:47:36

I always wash mine anyway but my husband would have had a cheese and mud sandwich eww.

LordOfTheFlies Fri 05-Aug-11 20:49:45

Nor, IMHO should they have little green caterpillars in them.
But mine did!

Didn't eat it BTW grin

Mitmoo Fri 05-Aug-11 20:52:28

Take it back to the store, they will get fined thousands for that. I have a child with OCD and checks all of the food he puts in the basket. Store managers have given him a fortune over the years for pointing out, out of date stuff and substandard food, and offered him work when he reaches 16!!

Bearcat Fri 05-Aug-11 20:54:59

Oh please don't tell me that, you'll freak me out!
DH has always told me to wash the lettuce and I always wash the hearts of romaine, but never the very expensive rocket.
You've just reminded me of the time when I made some salad as a teenager, and possibly didn't wash or washed very quickly the lettuce that had many greenfly to munch in the salad.
Thought we had moved on from that in 2011 (unless you've got an allotment of course)

DrPolidori Fri 05-Aug-11 21:05:27

I have learnt, to my cost (have a cafe) to wash all salad material three times, with spinning in between each wash.

I am not an OCD person. But I can't risk customers getting dirty lettuce!

HopeEternal Fri 05-Aug-11 21:08:29

I always wash all veg and fruit no matter what it says on the label.

Birdsgottafly Fri 05-Aug-11 21:17:06

If they lie about the washed bit, though, what else do they lie about?

squeakytoy Fri 05-Aug-11 21:21:36

mine had bugs crawling around in it, clearly visible through the packaging.. luckily I noticed as I put in on the belt at the till... I handed it to the cashier and said "I dont think I want the live food in this".. he smiled and said "but its extra protein".. hmm

iscream Fri 05-Aug-11 21:26:25

I found little green maggots on some fresh broccoli.
Unfortunately, it was leftover from the night before...when dh and I had raw (unwashed) broccoli and dip.

RevoltingPeasant Fri 05-Aug-11 21:27:05

Hmm we get out veg from a local organic farm so mud is par for the course grin

A bit shock at taking it back - if it was a slug, maybe, but it's only dirt. Just wash it off, fgs.

I can't be arsed to wash the spinach I'm using to make my salad tonight. ho hum!

RevoltingPeasant Fri 05-Aug-11 21:27:37

iscream - probably caterpillars rather than maggots?

iscream Fri 05-Aug-11 21:27:40

Maybe organic has higher risk of bugs?

nbee84 Fri 05-Aug-11 21:28:13

Am I really awful? - I often eat fruit or veg without washing it blush

MadameLupino Fri 05-Aug-11 21:29:45

Are you not supposed to wash it anyway as it's 'washed' and dried with chemicals? Was that in Fast Food Nation? Off to goggle.

RevoltingPeasant Fri 05-Aug-11 21:32:21

iscream yes, likely, there was a slug in our lettuce last week. Blech! But I just picked off that leaf (and the slug) and washed the rest. Twas fine.

It'd make sense if organic had more bugs because they are not using chemical pesticides, right...

notlettingthefearshow Fri 05-Aug-11 21:37:33

Apparently you are supposed to wash it anyway - certainly when you are pregnant, I was advised by mw. Seems completely ridiculous because why would you buy the expensive, prepared stuff if it's not prepared!

Anyway, I don't usually bother washing it. Not been ill so far.

MadameLupino Fri 05-Aug-11 21:40:20

I can't find the link for the chemical drying (though I am convinced I have read it) but lots of lovely reports on high bacteria and fecal content found. All wriggling away in the bag grin.

DoesItWearingWellies Fri 05-Aug-11 21:49:34

I can't take it back as the mud was washed off and eaten grin, but I have heard that washed salads were washed in a chlorine solution then rinsed, although I'm not sure how true this is.

But as notletting said, why should you have to prepare the pre-prepared stuff? confused

Everything else gets washed though - tomatoes, cucumber, peppers if being eaten raw, celery, carrots...although apples straight from the tree aren't, nor are plums, or DD1's tomatoes, which I suppose is kind of odd now i'm thinking about it as although there are no pesticides on them, an insect could have pooed on them!

oldraver Fri 05-Aug-11 23:53:02

I found a green caterpillar crawling just outside my salad/veg bin (in the fridge) I reckon it was the organic Rocket I seem addicted partial too

iscream Sat 06-Aug-11 03:40:02

RevoltingPeasant, Maybe it was a caterpillar! smile Somehow, that is not quite as gross to me as maggots. They were tiny and green.
I saw a guy on tv talking about store salads, and he said to wash even the ready-to-eat ones.

wearenotinkansas Sat 06-Aug-11 08:38:51

I found a little critter on my plate after I'd eaten most of the "washed" rocket and watercress salad.

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