5 Common Foodborne Bacteria to Avoid

By EatingWell Editors, "5 Guests You Never Want to Have for Dinner," September/October 2009

Bad bacteria you don’t want lurking in your food.


2. Listeria monocytogenes

Bacteria found in soil and water. It has shown up in uncooked meats, vegetables, cold cuts and unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses.

Charges: Hitting your body hard—fever, muscle aches and sometimes nausea or diarrhea. It may take up to three weeks after eating the food to become ill. Infants who survive listeriosis may have long-term neurological damage.

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