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CDC Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses

Thursday, April 25, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

CDC Investigating Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli-Sliced Meats and Cheeses. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli-sliced meats and cheeses. Eight people have reportedly been infected and hospitalized across four states (Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania) and one death has been reported from Michigan. The affected individuals report eating different types and brands of product, including meats and cheeses purchased from and sliced at deli counters in multiple retail locations. A single, common supplier of deli products has not been identified.

There were two cases reported in early 2019, and the other six were reported from November 2016 to February 2018. During an initial investigation of three cases in March 2017, there was not enough information to determine the source of the outbreak. However, information from the two recent cases, in addition to the outbreak strain found in deli meat and deli counters, has now provided enough information to link the outbreak to deli-sliced products.

CDC is not advising that consumers avoid deli meats or that retailers stop selling deli-sliced products, but consumers are advised to clean refrigerators, kitchen countertops, utensils and other surfaces that come into contact with deli-sliced products. Retailers should frequently clean and sanitize deli slicers and other areas that come into contact with deli products.

The Meat Institute is working closely with CDC and other agencies to learn more about the outbreak and its cause.

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