-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, June 9 (HealthDay News) -- With the arrival of summer,
many folks think they can keep their picnic food safe from bacteria
by storing it in the refrigerator.
But they would be wrong about one bacteria.
Unlike most of its brethren,
Listeriabacteria can grow in cool temperatures.
Refrigerating food contaminated with this bacteria could allow the
germs to multiply and spread, according to the U.S. Food and Drug
The bacteria can cause a serious illness known as listeriosis,
which is particularly dangerous for children, older people,
pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems or chronic
medical conditions, such as diabetes.
Foods in which
Listeriahas been found include deli meats, hot dogs, smoked
seafood and store-prepared salads. The FDA advises those at greater
risk for developing listeriosis to reheat these ready-to-eat foods
until they are steaming hot. They should also avoid unpasteurized
milk and soft cheeses.
Listeriosis has also been linked to contaminated cantaloupes.
The FDA recommended washing all fruits and vegetables under running
water immediately before eating, cutting or cooking them. Firm
produce, in particular, should be scrubbed with a produce
The FDA added that other ways to prevent
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
more information on
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