July 14, 2020

Worried About Listeria in Frozen Vegetables? Here’s How to Stay Safe

Most people don't think about the possibility of Listeria monocytogenes in frozen vegetables, but there have been listeriosisĀ outbreaksĀ and recalls linked to this type of food. Three recalls last year for spinach, red peppers, and avocados were issued for possible Listeria contamination. So should you be worried about Listeria in frozen vegetables? The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has released guidelines about how to reduce the risks of Listeria monocytogenes in frozen vegetables. They say that the risks of contracting listeriosis in frozen vegetables is lower than the risk associated with smoked fish, sausages, pate, and soft cheeses. Processors often blanch vegetables before freezing them to set the color and texture, and this step helps destroy pathogens on the … [Read more...]

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