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A Nasty Germ That Can Lurk in Favorite Foods

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A Nasty Germ That Can Lurk in Favorite Foods

By Len CanterHealthDay Reporter

FRIDAY, June 1, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Recalls of assorted foods and different brands of ice cream over the past few years have put a spotlight on the germ known as listeria.And though many of these cases happened during manufacturing, the potential for contamination is actually greater for foods after they’ve arrived at supermarkets and other food stores. And one item at particular risk is store-sliced deli meat.

One study that tested samples over 6 months in the deli departments of chain supermarkets in three states found listeria in almost 10 percent of samples.

Even if surfaces that come into contact with food, such as meat slicers, are cleaned thoroughly, listeria can be transferred unintentionally from moist areas where it hides — even floors and drains. And unlike other types of bacteria, it can live and grow at some refrigerator temperatures.

Listeria is a type of bacteria that can cause listeriosis, a serious food-borne infection. An estimated 1,600 Americans get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die. The infection is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…. more here: https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/food-poisoning/news/20180601/a-nasty-germ-that-can-lurk-in-favorite-foods?src=RSS_PUBLIC

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