This podcast is based on the June 2013 CDC Vital Signs report. It discusses food poisoning and specifically, Listeria. If you're 65 or older, have a weakened immune system, or are pregnant, you must be especially careful when selecting, preparing, and storing food. Created: 6/4/2013 by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Date Released: 6/4/2013. Series Name: CDC Vital Minute.
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
CDC estimates that one in six Americans gets food poisoning each year. Some germs, like Listeria, can be deadly for certain people. It targets older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. People with Listeria infection usually require hospital care, and about one in five who are infected die or miscarry.
Know your risk of Listeria food poisoning. If you’re 65 or older, have a weakened immune system, or are pregnant, you must be especially careful when selecting, preparing, and storing foods. Heat hot dogs and deli meats until steaming hot. Do not consume raw, unpasteurized milk or soft cheeses made from it. And, be aware that soft cheeses made from pasteurized milk have also been associated with Listeria infections and outbreaks.