The Post reports that 23 people have been made ill by an outbreak of E. coli in pre-cut lettuce distributed in the District of Columbia and 23 other states.
In recent years there have been far more extensive outbreaks including one that killed 5 people and sickened another 238. That involved Dole bagged spinach.
The inevitable question, why pre-cut lettuce? The answer seems to be that the field-based trimming or coring process can bring the saleable interior leaves into contact with soil that maybe contaminated with E. coli bacteria.
The solution..well maybe washing the pre-cut greens is as important as washing uncut lettuce or vegetables.