Leafy Greens Top Source of Food Poisoning

iStockphotoThinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Leafy greens are good for you but they can make you sick when they're improperly processed.

Every year, government doctors say, 48 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated food.

Tainted poultry can be deadly. Bad dairy can send you to the hospital. But leafy greens, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found, accounted for the most food-borne illnesses.

It's not that lettuce, spinach and kale are risky -- they're quite good for you.  It's how they're handled.  The CDC said when people got sick from bad food the greens were the culprit 23 percent of the time.

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