WASHINGTON (WTHR) – The Centers for Disease Control are investigating an outbreak of Listeria in several states associated with charcuterie and cheese.
The agency said there were eight cases of Listeria in four states. including New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, with death reported in Michigan. There is evidence that meat and cheese cut at deli counters may have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, which could make people ill.
Those who became ill reported eating meat and cheese from various retail outlets and samples from deli counters in several stores had been positive for the outbreak strain, the CDC reported. However, no common supplier of delicatessen products has been identified and the CDC does not recommend consumers to "eat products prepared by Delis or retailers stop selling delicatessen products".
The CDC recommends not to allow juice Lunch Meat and hot dog packages come into contact with other foods, utensils or surfaces for food preparation to reduce the risk of Listeria. Also washing hands after handling sausages and cheese and storing cut meat and cheese no longer than 3-5 days in the fridge.
According to officials, pregnant women, newborns, adults over 65, and immunocompromised people are most likely affected by Listeria.