Listeriosis-Prevention is Key!
Listeria is bacteria that can cause a serious illness called Listeriosis. Listeriosis is usually caused by eating food contaminated by listeria which is found widely in nature. The bacteria may be present in raw foods or contaminate foods after cooking or processing.
Who is at Risk
Those at higher risk of Listeriosis include:
- Pregnant women
- Older people
- People of all ages with weakened immune systems caused by illness or medications
Reducing the risk for Listeriosis
- Cook raw food from animal sources thoroughly including beef, pork and chicken
- Wash raw vegetables thoroughly
- Keep uncooked meats separate to vegetables and from cooked/ready to eat foods
- Avoid raw (unpasteurised) milk or foods made from raw milk
- Wash hands, knives and chopping boards after handling uncooked foods
WHO guidance on the prevention of Listeriosis is similar to guidance used to help prevent other foodborne illnesses. It is important to respect the shelf-life and storage temperature written on labels of ready to eat foods to ensure that bacteria potentially present in these foods does not multiply to dangerously high numbers. Training of staff in the importance of following these steps is key in helping to reduce the risk of Listeriosis infection.
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