FDA, USDA recommend tips to cut listeria risk in deli foods

05/13/2013 | Reuters · Supermarket News (free registration)

The USDA and the FDA released a report containing safety tips for the handling and preparation of food that could help food stores such as delicatessens reduce the risk of customers developing listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne disease. The report endorsed the use of gloves when serving customers and improved sanitizing and cleaning of surfaces that come in contact with food, as well as the strict control of temperature during refrigeration. The use of basic practices that significantly curb the bacteria's growth lowered the predicted listeriosis risk, investigators found.

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