Avoid Listeria This Summer

March 26, 2014

Mushroom SaladThere’s at least one listeria recall per month somewhere in the US, and in the summer they become far more common. Minnesota is even having a large one right now (Including: Parkers Farm, Parkers, Happy Farms, Central Markets, Hy-Top, Amish Classic, Say Cheez, Win Schuler and Bucky Badger.).

Listeria is a mild case of food poisoning for people with healthy immune systems. For people with compromised immune systems, including the very young, elderly, pregnant women, and those already ill, listeria can be deadly.

Which foods come with a high risk of listeria contamination?

-Anything pre-prepped. Common culprits include pre-sliced deli meats, hot dogs, pre-chopped fruits and veggies, bagged salads and the occasional frozen dinner (which usually has pre-chopped veggies).

-Peanut butter is also a common source of breakouts. Both organic and traditional styles are affected—so keep an eye on recall news or else make your own (roast some peanuts, then throw them in a food processor with peanut oil and a bit of salt).

You should also support your immune system so it can better stand up to listeria if you’re accidentally exposed. Sleep enough, eat well, and supplement with colloidal silver.

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