Consumer Reports found listeria in leafy greens from a variety of grocery store chains.
C-R purchased samples of leafy greens from Whole Foods, Costco, Hannaford, and Acme stores in Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey. Vermont was not mentioned.
Out of 284 samples, six were tainted with listeria monocytogenes — four in bunches or loose heads and two in prewashed, prepackaged salad mixes.
Consumer Reports points out that its sample size wasn’t big enough to support any conclusions about the safety of specific stores or specific brands, adding that the results show more needs to be done to ensure the safety of leafy greens.
The findings prompted an FDA investigation, but no results have been released so far.
Health experts say the people most likely to be impacted by listeria are young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems.
And they say you can still eat leafy greens, just stick with the cooked varieties.