One third of Aussies at risk of Listeria infection

Published 13 November 2018

Knowledge about Listeria remains fairly limited despite the fact that one in three Australians are at risk of getting potentially fatal Listeriainfection or live in a household with someone at risk.

A nationwide survey of 1257 people, conducted by Omnipoll on behalf of the Food Safety Information Council (FSIC), revealed that 33% of the households at risk had never heard of Listeria infection, and 20% couldn’t name any foods that were a Listeria risk.

Listeria infection is a potentially deadly form of food poisoning and poses a significant risk for pregnant women, the elderly and those with a compromised immune system, such as anyone suffering with diabetes, cancer and organ transplant patients.

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