Refrigerate and check use-by-date

Listeria monocytogenes is ranked as the fifth most important contributor to burden caused by foodborne illness in Europe. It  was the most frequent cause of hospitalisation (98.9%) and death (15.0%) due to the consumption of contaminated food in 2014.

The best way to prevent illness is to refrigerate, check and follow the instruction concerning the use-by-date.

Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat food

The incidence in increasing and reported outbreaks doubled from 2011 to 2014.

Ready-to-eat foods such as smoked fish, deli meats and soft cheeses are common sources of listeriosis. In the recent years, outbreaks and recalls of fruit and vegetables have increased.

Facts about Listeria monocytogenes

Explanation: The estimated total health burden (DALY: disability adjusted life years) is two by 100.000.