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6 Must-Know-Before-You-Eat Food-Borne Bacteria Facts


It seems the news is constantly filled with food recalls that affect North American consumers. From E.coli to salmonella to listeria, foods contaminated with the most prevalent forms of food-borne bacteria impact everything from meat to cheese, pet food to baby foods, and don’t forget all of the frozen foods, processed snacks, fresh vegetables, and even boxed tea recalls over the past year.

So what happens if you buy or eat a food that’s been recalled due to food-borne bacteria spoliation?

1. What are the Most Commonly Recalled Food Items?

Research from the Canadian Research Institute in Food Safety claims that with so many food recalls, it’s often difficult to pinpoint the most common offenders. However, certain foods are linked to particular types of food-borne bacteria more than others.

For instance, processed meat products and softer cheeses are often more impacted by listeria. Whereas E.coli has prevalence among ground beef and fresh produce. And food recalls due to salmonella most commonly strike eggs, peanut butter and tree nuts, poultry, and sprouts.

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