What The Heck Is This Coating On My Lettuce? | Plastic Coating On Organic Romaine

I recently viewed this video on YouTube (see video below mine) of a lady peeling some "residue" off her lettuce. 

 My first thoughts were that it was probably because it was not certified organic...but I was wrong.

What the heck is going on with our food?  
What the heck is on my "organic" lettuce?






Here is another blog post with references explaining how it could possibly be any number of approved coatings including animal by-products...yuck!


Comments

  1. I've always noticed that too and I wonder the same thing! I no longer buy the romaine kind now because of that strangeness and buy the mixed other kinds.

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  2. I only buy organic lettuce too and I know the layer you mean. I've never grown my own for comparison, but I've always just assumed it was a natural part of the lettuce! Very strange if it isn't. I hope you'll keep us posted if you find anything out! :)

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  3. Hi Caitie...Click on the link "blog post with references" below the video for the answer...it is very likely a coating...yuk!

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  4. I just thought of something. Is it also on the inside pieces of the lettuce? Or just the outside ones? You would think with a coating it would only be on the outside. How much effort do they put into this I wonder?!

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  5. It was heaviest on the outer leaves and some of the inner leaves had it near the tops.

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  6. Wow I just found this post via mercola.com thank you so much for sharing this how bizzare and sick. I always say if you didn't grow it yourself no telling what it is... can't wait for spring! :-) love your blog

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  7. Your video is on mercola.com today (Feb 8th) and is getting some good coverage.

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  8. it's epidermal peel (naturally occurring) due to cold weather - http://www.organicprinciple.com/node/2123

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  9. This has been suggested since January and this suggestion has been updated on my Youtube channel...I've grown many lettuces in a frosty climate (organic gardener for 13 years) and while I have seen some minor blisters on lettuce, by that time the green tips have turned withered and brown - unlike the ones I have purchased here where the leaves are vibrant green at the tip...The frost factor can not be the only factor to cause this if indeed it is EP. I am assuming variety (a thicker walled romaine lettuce) and a dry frost (not wet frost) would have to be the combination.

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  10. Another comment I wanted to make from those visiting from Veggie Boards. A link was posted on veggie boards to http://blog.albertsorganics.com/?p=2304 this blog suggests that my video said there was plastic on the lettuce. I did not state it was plastic, I suggested it was a "plasticy" substance. Also the veggie board people were concerned about non-veggie coatings. Organic foods can indeed have non veggie coatings even as stated in the second last paragraph of albertsorganics..."Coatings that would be approved for spraying directly onto organic products must contain only ingredients included on the National List, NOP sections 205.605 and 205.606 and plastic is not included on this list." Here is the list they refer to: http://ecfr.gpoaccess.gov/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=ecfr&sid=6e8835cbab6a5704c85313e3dd63228d&rgn=div8&view=text&node=7:3.1.1.9.32.7.354.7&idno=7

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