Listeria is a form of bacteria commonly found in wild and domesticated animals as well as in soil and water. These bacteria make many animals sick, leading to miscarriage and stillbirth in domestic animals.
Jan. 12, 2015 Listeria is a form of bacteria commonly found in wild and domesticated animals as well as in soil and water. These bacteria make many animals sick, leading to miscarriage and stillbirth in domestic animals. Healthy people rarely become ill from a listeria infection, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies and newborns. People who have weakened immune systems, like cancer or transplant patients, also are at higher risk of life-threatening complications. About 1,600 people in the U.S. will get sick this year from listeria, the third leading cause of death from food poisoning. Contaminated food can bring listeria into the home. Unlike most bacteria, listeria germs can grow and spread in the refrigerator. So if you unknowingly refrigerate listeria-contaminated food, the germs not only multiply at the cool temperature, they could contaminate your refrigerator and spread to other foods there, increasing the likelihood that you and your family will become sick.
Jan. 12, 2015 Here are some simple food safety guidelines to follow to prevent a listeria infection. First, keep things clean. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm, soapy water before and after handling or preparing food. After cooking, use hot, soapy water to wash the utensils, cutting board and other food preparation surfaces. Next, always scrub raw vegetables. Clean any raw vegetables with a scrub brush or vegetable brush under plenty of running water. Be sure to cook your food thoroughly. Use a food thermometer to make sure your meat, poultry and egg dishes are cooked to a safe temperature. A cutting board should be washed with warm, soapy water after each use. Non-porous acrylic, plastic, or glass boards can be washed in a dishwasher. And since listeria can contaminate other food through spills in the refrigerator, clean up all spills right away. Consider using paper towels to avoid transferring germs from a cloth towel. 781b155fdc