Recommendations for Fresh-Cut Salads

Fresh-cut salad mixes are ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat products that have been washed, cut and packaged a few days before sale. Although this means less time and effort for the consumer, it can also entail microbiological risks.

Pre-cutting the lettuce causes cell sap to escape at the interfaces. Since there is already a certain humidity in the plastic packaging, this provides an ideal habitat for the growth of germs and bacteria.

 

Recommendations for the consumption of Fresh-Cut salads:

 

  • Refrigerate (at max. 7°C) and consume quickly
  • Wash thoroughly before consumption and check for withered/ discoloured leaves
  • In case of mould, accumulation of liquids or foul odours, the salad should not be eaten any more
  • Infants, the elderly, pregnant women and people with a weakened immune system should avoid fresh-cut products as a precaution.

 

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