WARNING: Your Leafy Greens May Not Be Safe Even Though They Haven’t Been Recalled
WARNING: Your Leafy Greens May Not Be Safe Even Though They Haven’t Been Recalled By Dagny Taggart for The Organic Prepper
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It seems like we are told about yet another hazard in our food supply nearly every week, and unfortunately, this week is no different.
This time, a consumer watchdog group did some random testing and identified a common offender in samples of otherwise healthful food.
Here’s what you need to know about what they discovered.
Listeria was found in samples of leafy greens.
Safety advocacy group Consumer Reports conducted testing on 284 samples of fresh greens and found Listeria monocytogenes, a potentially deadly bacteria, in six of those samples. The contaminated leafy greens were purchased at several chains, including Acme, Costco, Hannaford, and Whole Foods.
Of the six samples that tested positive, two were packaged, prewashed greens – one spinach, and the other, an organic spinach-spring mix.
The other four were loose heads or bunches of green kale, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, and spinach.
“All of the greens were purchased between June 3 and June 19, 2019, in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York,” according to the organization’s statement.
Officials from CR notified the Food and Drug Administration and the retailers about the test results. According to CR, the FDA has initiated inspections of the implicated production plant.
Earlier this month, we reported that some fresh vegetables sold by stores like Trader Joe’s and Food Lion have been recalled after state inspectors discovered Listeria monocytogenes in a sample. To get the details about that recall – which is ongoing – please click here: More “Healthy” Food Recalled: Multiple Brands of Hummus and Fresh Vegetables
Here are the brands that were found to be contaminated.
One of the contaminated samples had a strain of Listeria monocytogenes genetically linked to at least two cases of listeriosis (the illness caused by listeria) reported to the CDC. That product was a “triple-washed” Nature’s Place Organic Spinach Spring Mix from a Hannaford supermarket. As of the time of this writing, it is not known if that particular product has caused any illnesses.
Here are the other products that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and the stores where they were purchased:
- Acme: unbranded, unbagged red leaf lettuce
- Costco: bagged spinach from Boskovich Farms (marked “triple washed”)
- Hannaford: unbranded, unbagged spinach
- Whole Foods: unbagged green kale from Lancaster Farm and unbranded, unbagged green leaf lettuce
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a type of bacteria found in soil and water and some animals, including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats.