Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test

November 18, 2015

A South Carolina TV station recently had 15 different salad bar items tested for pathogen contamination, and while lab results indicated that no E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella were present, relatively high numbers of microbes and total coliform bacteria were.

WMBF in Myrtle Beach, SC, shipped a cooler packed with samples of four types of items collected from open salad bars at four unnamed local grocery stores to IEH Laboratories near Seattle via overnight delivery. The items in the cooler included leafy greens, raw vegetables, cooked meats and mayonnaise-based salads.

Besides the three major pathogens mentioned above, the station reported that the…