Listeria, a foodborne pathogen, was involved in 16 recalls in recent months. A Kansas State University food safety specialist explains why it is appearing in products typically not associated with the bacteria.
"Listeria ... is found in cold, wet environments," said Fadi Aramouni, extension specialist and professor of food science. "What's unusual about this type of bacterium is they actually grow and multiply under refrigerated conditions. Because it survives in cold, wet environments, it can be found in drains or other areas of condensation within a plant, such as the ceiling or light fixtures."
Listeria is typically found in ready-to-eat deli meats and hot dogs, refrigerated meat spreads, unpasteurized milk and dairy products, soft cheese made with unpasteurized milk, refrigerated smoked seafood, and raw sprouts.
Aramouni says thelisteria in ice cream also could come from ingredients added after pasteurization.
Health and Nutrition
Good nutrition and physical activity are important habits for you, your family and your friends to practice for life-long health.
Eating healthful foods and exercising at every stage of life will help you:
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Healthy habits should be:
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