Listeria Outbreak Linked to Cheese

CDC announced that it is investigating the recent listeriosis outbreak in several states. It is suspected that the outbreak is linked to cheeses produced by a company in Wisconsin. There were five people infected with the listeria strain linked to the outbreak that were later hospitalized. The company linked to the contaminated cheese is being investigated by the FDA and have voluntarily recalled all products produced up to July 1st 2013. Listeria outbreak is a recurrent problem with about 800 laboratory-confirmed cases each year and 3 or 4 outbreaks. The alarming number of outbreaks raise the concern of what needs to be done to ensure personal safety against food-borne illnesses – what are your recommendations?

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