What to Do About Listeria

A mysterious outbreak of food poisoning has killed at least a dozen, but there's no need to panic

It's pretty amazing, once you think about it, that you can walk into practically any grocery store in the U.S., pick up some meat, fresh vegetables and milk, take it all home and not have to be worried about whether it's safe to eat. After all, the basic sanitary principles for food processing were pretty well worked out decades ago. Every now and then, however, an outbreak of food poisoning comes along to remind us that nothing is perfect.

Take, for example, the report out of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control last week that at least a dozen people...

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