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CDC: 1 Dead, 7 Others Sickened by Listeria Traced to Cheese


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  • A total of eight people have been infected with listeria in two states (Maryland and California); the illnesses have been traced back to soft or semi-soft Hispanic-style pasteurized cheese made by Roos Foods of Kenton, Delaware
  • All recent listeria outbreaks have involved produce or pasteurized milk products, not raw milk
  • A 2011 study revealed deli meats to be the most risky food for listeria contamination, as ready-to-eat foods like these can become contaminated after cooking during the packaging process
  • US health officials have been waging a war against raw milk, but it’s not an inherently “risky” food, provided it comes from a high-quality source
  • The potential for foodborne illness applies to any food, and where it comes from is probably the greatest indicator of whether it’s likely to be safe or contaminated

By Dr. Mercola

An outbreak of the foodborne illness listeriosis has been reported by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)… you get this potentially serious infection by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

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