Information – FSA – Listeria Fact Sheet

FSA Listeria kswfoodworld food safety food poisoning

Listeria is a harmful bacteria. Listeria thrives in ready-to-eat foods that have already been cooked when purchased.

Listeria monocytogenes (listeria) is a bacterium that causes an illness called Listeriosis. Cases of foodborne illness from listeria are rare, but can involve serious symptoms and even death in certain groups of people. These include:

  • people with weakened immune systems, such as those suffering from cancer
  • pregnant women and their unborn babies
  • newborn babies
  • elderly people

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