Study: Leafy Greens Top Food Poisoning Source
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 7:37PM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 6:24PM
You might what to reconsider what you're having for dinner. That's because according to a new report from officials with the Centers for Disease control leafy greens are the leading source of food poisoning illnesses.
The good news is that most of those leafy greens are okay to eat as long as they're handled properly.
Researchers who worked on the study took a look at food poisoning cases from 1998 to 2008. That's the most comprehensive study the CDC has ever done to see what foods carry the most germs that make us sick.
Cindy Fitch, with West Virginia University Extension Service, said that leafy greens can be dangerous because a lot of time they're grown in the ground and made with chemicals that tend to make us sick.
Fitch said if you want to eat foods like lettuce, or spinach, you should be safe. She just recommended that you wash anything that you're going to eat.
"Don't put your leafy greens on the cutting board if you used it for meat," Fitch warned. "Keep your raw foods separate from your cooked foods."
The study also showed that dairy products accounted for the most hospitalizations, and that the most deaths were linked to poultry.
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