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Listeria Outbreak Has Hit 10 States—These Are the Foods Most Likely to Cause Listeriosis

By Elizabeth Laura Nelson of Best Life | Slide 1 of 11: The current Listeria outbreak has many of us wondering which foods are safe to eat, and which are best avoided—at least until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which first sounded the alarm about the outbreak, provides more information about source of the problem.Listeria poisoning results from exposure to the bacteria L. monocytogenes, which "can be found in moist environments, soil, water, decaying vegetation and animals, and can survive and even grow under refrigeration and other food preservation measures," according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). "When people eat food contaminated with L. monocytogenes, they may develop a disease called listeriosis," the agency explains.The CDC says the current outbreak is likely affecting more than just the 10 states it listed in a February notice, which prompted us to ask experts which foods are most likely to cause listeriosis, and how worried the general public should be. Read on to find out which foods to watch out for.READ THIS NEXT: Listeria Outbreak Has Hit 10 States—These Are the Warning Signs of Listeriosis.

Listeria Outbreak Has Hit 10 States—These Are the Foods Most Likely to Cause Listeriosis

The current Listeria outbreak has many of us wondering which foods are safe to eat, and which are best avoided—at least until the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which first sounded the alarm about the outbreak, provides more information about source of the problem.

Listeria poisoning results from exposure to the bacteria L. monocytogenes, which "can be found in moist environments, soil, water, decaying vegetation and animals, and can survive and even grow under refrigeration and other food preservation measures," according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). "When people eat food contaminated with L. monocytogenes, they may develop a disease called listeriosis," the agency explains.

The CDC says the current outbreak is likely affecting more than just the 10 states it listed in a February notice, which prompted us to ask experts which foods are most likely to cause listeriosis, and how worried the general public should be. Read on to find out which foods to watch out for.

READ THIS NEXT: Listeria Outbreak Has Hit 10 States—These Are the Warning Signs of Listeriosis.

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