Listeria is found in leafy green vegetables from a variety of grocery chains in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey,
according to consumer reports.
The nonprofit says six out of 284 samples purchased from Acme, Costco, Hannaford and Whole Foods were obsessed with listeria monocytogenes. The items purchased included lettuce, spinach and kale.
Consumer Reports say they found the bacteria in both unpackaged and pre-washed products.
Mild Listeria symptoms may include fever, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to the Food & Drug Administration. If the more severe form of listeriosis develops, symptoms may include headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and cramps. For very young, the elderly and the immune-sick listeriosis can lead to death.
Early listeriosis outbreaks in the United States have been linked to raw, unpasteurized milk and cheeses, ice cream, raw or processed vegetables, raw or processed fruit, raw or undercooked poultry, sausages, sausages, deli meat and raw or smoked fish and other seafood.
The findings have led to an ongoing FDA investigation.
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