Imported Herring Tests Positive for Listeria

Zip International Group Recalls Herring from Ukraine Listeria is in the news once again, this time in sliced herring fillets packaged in plastic. The products, sold in New York State, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes during routine checks by New York State food inspectors. For full details, click here. http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm291347.htm?source=govdelivery Listeria Treatment Listeria has not evolved much at all since it was discovered in 1936. This is good news, since it means that the pathogen hasn’t developed antibiotic resistance, and the antibiotics used to treat Listeria are still very effective. There is ongoing research into a Listeria vaccine, but there is no accepted vaccine for it today. Is Listeria dangerous? Not for most people. The real danger lies with those of us whose immune systems are compromised in some way: pregnant women, babies, the elderly, people with AIDS and those who are undergoing chemotherapy. Listeria Safety For those at risk for Listeria poisoning, the safest course of action is to heat food to 158°F for two minutes, immediately before serving. Hand washing, food washing, and washing kitchen surfaces are also a good idea, as well as keeping raw meat separate from produce and ready-to-eat foods. Symptoms of Listeriosis Listeriosis symptoms resemble those of most foodborne illnesses. They may include flu-like symptoms like fever, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, but they also can change depending on the part of the body that is affected. Listeriosis in the brain can mimic the signs of a stroke. Loss of balance, confusion, headache, and stiff neck can also be signs of Listeriosis. If you suspect that you or a loved one have been sickened by tainted food contact us for a free case appraisal.

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