Listeriosis is the infection that often arises after eating food that has been contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
This type of bacteria can survive with or without oxygen, which presents dangerous levels in foods that are out of date and beginning to rot.
Reasons why Listeria is around include:
- Poor fridge storage and temperature control
- Foods that have been undercooked
- When out of date foods are reused
- Unhygienic kitchens and working environments
For children, elderly people and women who are pregnant, bacteria like this kind can be fatal if contracted, but usually it is very mild and symptoms pass within a few days.
Symptoms can include:
- A high temperature
- Muscle pain
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