A Romaine lettuce recall happened on Sept.30, 2011, where one farm, has recalled 2,498 cartons of bagged romaine lettuce (shipping to 21 states) after a sample tested positive for listeria.
While we are at it, may as well remind ourselves to be weary of salad bars that don’t look well kept, see an 2011 article on this at Food Science Central.
Also recently ported are the tragic cases of deaths from eating cantaloupes (see FDA). Good for Costco for taking a stand, see New York times article on this. Costco is an awesome way to get a TON of cheap and great produce!
You may want to see the Wikipedia entry on listeria: “The two main clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis…Antibiotics effective against listeria species include ampicillin, vancomycin (unclear effectiveness), ciprofloxacin, linezolid, azithromycin.
Mixtures of bacteriophages have also proven effective in the treatment of Listeria.”
Sorry none of that was fun to read. Maybe it beats reading about issues involved with effectively cleaning surgical tools exposed to mad cow disease.