Due to numerous consumer inquiries , we have tested “Chasalat Alei Katif” Romaine Lettuce from Israel and have found thrips to be present similar to regular Romaine Lettuce heads purchased in the marketplace.
Therefore, it is recommended that this product be washed and checked like any Romaine Lettuce. (instructions below)
Consumers who wish to check romaine lettuces at home are advised to follow the procedures listed below
(Please see www.checkforinsects.com for more detailed instructions and pictorial and video tutorials)
1. Wash the produce you wish to use in cold water (it is recommend to use a liquid detergent solution).
2. After you wash the lettuce, check it using one of the following two methods:
a. Leaf by leaf on a light box.
b. Prepare a white basin with a cold soapy solution ( electric dishwasher soap works best because there are no bubbles). Agitate the lettuce in the water. Place the basin on top of a light box and check the water for insects.
3. If no insects are found, the lettuce may be used without further inspection. Please ensure that you wash off any residual detergent.
4. If any insects are found, one should repeat steps one through three above.