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Default Do you throw the first layer of lettuce away

Mark Thorson wrote:

I do that with Brussels sprouts. Only the tight
inner leaves can be assured to be free of
E. coli O157:H7. And I boil or steam them,
never eat them raw, even without the current
problem with organic (manure) fertilizer.

E coli can go into plants through the vasculature of lettuce - why not
other plants?

Re the paper referenced in the URL above: I used to work in the lab
next door to those guys (the first author and his wife were even guests
at my wedding!). Anyway, they showed me photos of GFP-labeled E coli in
the lettuce "veins." Pretty damn convincing.