What is Listeria? Find Out Why You Should Avoid This Food Right Now
Updated November 10th, 2022
Since we published this story in early November, the latest listeria outbreak has sent more people to the hospital, causing at least one death and one lost pregnancy. People are getting sick from deli meat and cheese, in six states that span the entire country, including seven in New York, three in Maryland, two in Massachusetts and two in Illinois, and one each in California and New Jersey.
Pregnant women are at higher risk than the rest of the population, so if you or someone you know is pregnant, read this, and avoid these foods.
The recent outbreak of listeria has been tied to deli meat and cheese, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns. So far one person has died, 16 others have been stricken, aged 38 to 92, and the bacterial infection has resulted in a lost pregnancy, the CDC announced Wednesday.
Listeria Can Cause Serious Illness, Loss of Pregnancy, and Death
The latest food recall was initially limited to soft cheeses contaminated with Listeria but the recent warning has widened it to include deli meats, perhaps because they became infected when they came into contact with the bacteria at deli counters. The CDC warns that if you have any of the recalled cheese you need to disinfect the surfaces and your fridge that came into contact with the tainted cheese.
What is Listeria and should you be concerned? If you are pregnant, yes. In fact, it can have devastating consequences including miscarriage. If you are over the age of 65 and have a weakened immune system you also need to be aware of what causes Listeria and how to keep yourself safe.
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a foodborne bacterial illness that can cause premature births, the death of the unborn baby, miscarriage, and other serious outcomes for pregnant women, who may just think they are suffering from the flu or aches and pains. Here is everything you need to know about Listeria right now, and why it's important to throw away any potentially recalled brie and camembert cheese that could be contaminated with Listeria sitting in your fridge.
The original recall, of brie, baked brie, and camembert started in September and was expanded in late October to include more cheeses. Do not eat soft cheeses from the retailers listed below, and to be safe, avoid these cheeses in restaurants, airports, on flights, catering halls, and other places where you don't know where the cheese came from.
A Widespread Cheese Recall Due to Listeria
According to the CDC, the following cheese is a risk and should be thrown away and all surfaces that came into contact with the cheese should be cleaned and disinfected.