In light of recent Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is providing consumers with tips to keep the bacteria out of the kitchen.
Listeria monocytogenes is a type of bacteria that can grow and spread. If a consumer has refrigerated food that’s contaminated with the bacteria, then the bacteria have the potential to spread to other foods that are stored inside of the refrigerator.
FDA advises consumers to wash all produce under running water, to keep the refrigerator temperature at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower and to store foods in a plastic container or to cover foods in plastic wrap to avoid possible contamination.
FDA also advises consumers to wash kitchen counters with soapy water, to wash cutting boards after each use, and to wash hands for at least 20 seconds after you handle food.