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Do I need to wash those pre-washed, bagged salads?

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It's easy to see why pre-washed, ready-to-eat bagged salads are so popular. They’re just so convenient.

Ever wonder whether you should wash those pre-washed greens?

The Food and Drug Administration says there's no need to do that. The concern is that unless you're really careful, you could contaminate those greens when you wash them at home.

Dr. John Swartzberg, head of the editorial board at the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter, agrees.

"I think you can assume they're safe,” he said. “If you want to be even more sure, then carefully wash them again, But that begs the question as to why you're spending the extra money to buy that pre-washed salad in the first place."

At the store, select packages that have the latest “use by” dates. Skip any packages that show signs of spoilage. The leaves should look crisp and dry.

"And when you take them home, make sure you keep them refrigerated. Put them in the refrigerator as soon as possible,” Swartzberg advised.

It’s also a good idea to eat those greens as soon as you can.

"Pay careful attention to the use by dates and make sure you use them within that time period because these products spoil pretty quickly,” Swartzberg told me.

More Info: How Safe Is Your Bagged Salad

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