Consumer Reports tested 284 samples of fresh greens (lettuce, spinach, and kale) and found six samples contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Consumer Report purchased the greens at grocery stores including Acme, Costco, Hannaford, and Whole Foods. Two of these samples were packaged, prewashed greens (spinach and an organic spinach-spring mix). The other four were loose heads or bunches of green kale, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and spinach. Karen Wong, M.D., medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch said that “While it may not be surprising to find Listeria in a small percentage of leafy green products that are tested, it always concerns to find bacteria that can make people sick in foods that aren’t meant to be cooked.” @ https://www.consumerreports.org/food-safety/leafy-greens-with-listeria-sold-at-major-supermarkets/
Consumer Report test shows that Leafy Greens With Listeria are Sold at Major Supermarkets
Leafy Greens With Listeria Sold at Major Supermarkets
New Consumer Reports tests find listeria in leafy greens.
The bacteria was in prewashed and unbagged products. Here’s how to stay safe when eating greens.