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Food Safety Expert Offers Advice on Protecting Against Listeria

Kansas State University Food Safety Specialist Karen Blakeslee says symptoms of Listeria usually don't start until 3 to 7 days after eating contaminated food.
(MANHATTAN, Ks.) A Kansas-based company has recalled about 22,800 pounds of chicken, ham and beef products due to possible contamination with Listeria.

The products come from Reser's Fine Foods in Topeka and are mainly packaged deli salads.

The recall affects most of the eastern part of the country.

So far, there have been no illnesses reported from this food.

Kansas State University Food Safety Specialist Karen Blakeslee says symptoms of Listeria usually don't start until 3 to 7 days after eating contaminated food.

"Typical symptoms are fever, muscle aches. You could progress to even getting a stiff neck, vomiting, diarrhea is involved, confusion loss of balance is another unique symptom to this so definitely go see a doctor," she said.

Listeria can be treated.

To avoid getting this bacteria - heat up your hot foods like hot dogs and meats to 160 degrees. And always keep your cold food chilled. Listeria can grow in your refrigerator so be sure to clean up any spills and clean the fridge regularly.
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