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Bagged lettuce

Is the chlorination cleaning process that bagged lettuce goes through safe? Even raw vegetables at my grocery are no sold prewashed. I am worried that in a few years we will be learning how dangerous these pre washed produce items are. Thanks for any help!

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  1. Don't know about the process but the sickest I ever got in my life was from bagged salad. Never again.

    1. Safe or not, I stay away. Bagged supermarket greens skeeve me out. I'm at the point where I'd rather have organic and locally-grown lettuces/greens... and if they're not available, I just buy something else....

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      1. re: missfunkysoul

        I'm the same way. I'd rather eat frozen than questionable fresh.

      2. I agree with previous responses. It's not difficult to wash lettuce, and it lasts longer if you do it yourself!

        1. I don't know why, but bagged lettuce, not matter what combo (even bagged spinach) smells spoiled. I can't get past it. I just would rather have my own fresh lettuces that I know I've washed, and prepared. Yuk that smell. And mostly Costco's.

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          1. re: chef chicklet

            I agree that all of the bagged lettuces I've tried smell and taste funny....not like fresh lettuce. I much prefer to wash my own.

          2. I don't think the levels of chlorine in the water are high enough to really affect us. My drinking water is chlorinated and I drink it every day without any noticeable side effects. But I do think it is unwise to buy prepackaged greens. They cost more and it really is so simple to wash them yourselves (in your chlorinated water from tap).