It’s hard to believe, but popular leafy greens like lettuce, spinach, cabbage, kale and arugula can pose health risks. Improper production, handling and preparation can lead to contamination from E. coli, norovirus and salmonella. The latest recall came May 6, 2010, when wholesalers, restaurants, and grocery stores pulled Freshway Foods romaine lettuce because of potential E. Coli contamination. The tainted lettuce was linked to at least 19 cases of illness in New York, Michigan, and Ohio.
Madelyn’s safety tip: "Don't eat recalled products, of course, and always wash your leafy greens by thoroughly soaking them in a large bowl of water (not running water). Dry before eating.”