Listeria sickens more than 550, leaves 36 dead in South Africa

A major outbreak of listeriosis has sickened more than 550 people in South Africa, with a reported 36 deaths due to the illness.

The large outbreak is highly unusual for the country. In a typical year, South Africa records just 60–80 cases of listeriosis. Authorities are currently investigating the source of this outbreak, which has […]

Recent recall results in frozen food fears

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The frozen food section has been hit once again with a large recall of more than 350 frozen fruits and vegetables including green beans, broccoli, peas and blueberries sold under 42 brands at several different grocers in the U.S and Canada. Announced last week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

Politicians prove pasteurization is a pretty good idea

State health officials in West Virginia are investigating an illness outbreak that could be linked to drinking raw milk. This comes just days after a bill allowing West Virginians to drink raw milk was passed, and some of the lawmakers responsible for getting the bill passed, drank raw milk in celebration and later became ill.

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Science: Use therMOMeter to keep dad safe on Sunday

With Father’s Day around the corner, many will see charcoal smoke wafting through their neighborhoods as families come together around the grill in celebration of dad. However, grilling outdoors doesn’t mean food safety rules stay inside, Carla Haley-Hadley, Miller County extension agent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said in a recent […]

Study: Listeria thrives in retail delis

Your favorite deli sandwich may come with an unexpected side, according to a new study that took thousands of samples at retail delis around the U.S and found some of the highest rates of the foodborne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes ever recorded.

In healthy individuals, eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may lead to common food […]

A Cleaning (or Two) a Day Keeps Listeria Away

Six tips for apple packers and processors to avoid Listeria contamination

Apple packers and processors are on high alert after recent news linking a Listeria outbreak to an apple facility in California. Seven people have died and 25 others became ill between October and December of last year, according to Reuters.

Listeria is a bacteria […]

First-ever global Listeria report released

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released the first-ever Global Listeria Report which concluded that in 2010 Listeria monocytogenes infected an estimated 23,150 people worldwide, killing 5,463 or 23.65% of them.

The study, known as “The Global Burden of Listeriosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis,” was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and according to […]

Anatomy of a pathogen: Listeria

Listeria is a common family of bacteria that can be found in the soil, water and even in some animals (including poultry and cattle). One member of the Listeria family is one of the major foodborne pathogens—alongside Salmonella and E. coli 0157:H7—and also one of the more dangerous ones, as it can survive not only […]