Are These Viral Videos Of Plastic Lettuce Real?

Rumours and videos spreading online claim that many romaine lettuces (or lettuce in general) are being sold to the customer containing a thin layer of plastic on the side of the lettuce leaves.

In some of the videos, people can be seen boiling the lettuce and then peeling the “plastic” off.

Such “plastic salad” rumours have been spreading since at least 2012, and as is often the way with food themed scarelore it keeps resurfacing every year or so, as panicked consumers share the warnings without verification.

In this case, this online rumour is extremely easy to debunk, since the “plastic peeling” actually illustrates a very well-documented phenomenon known as “epidermal blistering” or “epidermal peeling”.