Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

The Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada ad­vises con­sumers to fol­low safe food han­dling tips when pre­par­ing lettuce. Un­washed lettuce, in­clud­ing whole heads of lettuce sold in sealed bags, should be han­dled and washed us­ing th­ese steps:

Dis­card outer leaves of lettuce.

Wash un­pack­aged lettuce under fresh, cool run­ning wa­ter. There is no need to use pro­duce cleansers — wash­ing lettuce gen­tly with wa­ter is equally ef­fec­tive.

Keep rins­ing lettuce un­til all dirt has been washed away.

Don’t soak lettuce in a sink full of wa­ter. It can be­come con­tam­i­nated by bac­te­ria in the sink.

Store lettuce in the re­frig­er­a­tor for up to seven days. Dis­card when leaves be­come wilted or brown.

Use warm wa­ter and soap to thor­oughly wash all uten­sils, coun­ter­tops, cut­ting boards and stor­age con­tain­ers be­fore and af­ter han­dling lettuce to avoid cross-con­tam­i­na­tion.

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