Deli-sliced meats and cheeses, a staple of many discerning New Yorkers' daily and late-night diets, says the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to the CDC, eight people have been hospitalized in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, as a result of the bacteria, and one person has died. In every case, people felt sick after eating meat and cheeses sliced and purchased at delis.
In their recent analysis of delimitations, Consumer Reports says they have identified listeria in a sample of sliced turkey purchased at a New York City deli. The CDC confirmed that the strain was genetically similar to the strain that has sickened people. The strain was found by CDC investigators at retail locations in New York and Rhode Island.
The agency has not been pinpointed as a specific supplier of meaty, cheesy products. For now, the CDC is not telling us to eat cold cuts-but people who are at a higher risk of getting sick, as well as over the age of 65 and with immune systems-are better off abstaining from these products unless they're served "steaming hot just before serving" (listeria can not survive at high temperatures).
And if you're one of those at-risk carnivores who just can not turn down the meat, try scrolling back up the photo at the top of this story and see if your craving persists.