Sunday, October 2, 2011

Listeria OUTBREAK: What You Need To Know!

According to the Huffington Post, the recent listeria outbreak in cantaloupe has been noted as the deadliest outbreak of food-related illness in over 10 years in the U.S.! At least 16 deaths and 72 illnesses have been caused by the listeria infection from Jensen Farms cantaloupes. Listeria is a bacterium that causes Listeriosisaffecting mainly pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and adults with impaired immune systems. 

If you develop a listeria infection, you may experience the following symptoms:

- Fever 
- Muscle Aches
- Nausea
- Diarrhea

Keep in mind that symptoms could take as long as two months before the first signs of the infection start. Should the infection spread to your nervous system, you may experience these symptoms:

- Headache
- Stiff Neck
- Confusion 
- Loss of Balance
- Convulsions

For more information, go to the Mayo Clinic website.

Take your health in your own hands by taking these preventative measures when preparing your fruits and veggies according to food expert, Phil Lembert, (AKA Supermarket Guru), including washing with a produce spray and produce brush. 

What do you do to protect yourself from bacteria and pesticides? 

Blissfully Yours,

Tatiana Ridley, CHHC, AADP