By Becky Stokley
The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reported that a rise of Listeria (an unusual bacteria) occurring in unpasteurized cheeses such as Brie, Camembert and Blue cheese could be causing a dangerous bacterial infection responsible for certain miscarriages and problems occurring during pregnancy.
The newest report informs that this particular bacteria is found in soft cheeses and other foods such as Paté, packed cooked sliced meats and ready to eat meals.
Symptoms include fever-like symptoms (sweating, chills, sore throat, headache etc) but these aren’t often invasive unless you are one of the targeted groups.
The British Food Standards Agency (FSA) confirm that although listeria isn’t as big as an epidemic as Salmonella, a 3rd of all people who are affected with listeria end in fatality.
The illness caused by this is called Listeriosis and only affects those with weakened immune systems. This isn’t just a concern with pregnant women but also young children, people diagnosed with cancer and the elderly.
Joanna Abishegam-David from the FSA said that “all information on the NHS website about listeria is provided from the Food Standard Agency and they have always flagged concern”.
Joanna also redirected us their in-depth analyses of Listeria and the illnesses that it causes.