I have a strange question to ask you. How safe is your salad?
In North America, during the months of January through March, your lettuce is probably coming from Yuma, Arizona.
Yuma is the nation's largest supplier of lettuce, cabbage, spinach, kale, and more.
One day, your lettuce could be picked, and the next day, it will end up on your plate! It’s that fast! The lettuce is harvested-, packaged, and shipped from the field directly to the store.
A decade ago, an E. coli outbreak pushed America’s food-safety rules to become more strict.
Workers are not allowed to work if they have the flu, or another spreadable disease. They also cannot eat, drink, or spit in the field.
The workers must wear hairnets and gloves, and no jewelry is allowed.
There are many other rules that are implemented to keep your food safe. Multiple inspections, known as “food audits,” are performed on various farms in Arizona to ensure the lettuce is healthy.
Arizona continues to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure the quality of the crops.
Have you ever thought about where your food comes from?