What is Listeria?

Listeria is a serious infection usually caused by eating food containing the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. This has been in the press of late because of the multiple deaths caused by eating cantaloupe infected with this bacterium. More information, including statistics, prevention, who is at risk, etc can be found at the Center for Disease Control’s Listeriosis page. You’ll also be directed to articles from its publication MMWR highlighting previous outbreaks as well as to its investigation update. Multistate foodborne outbreaks are also detailed. Food safety is obviously in everyone’s best interests so you have to wonder why Republicans have cut funding to food safety programs.

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