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Fried Bologna prevents Listeria

When I was a kid, I used to make fried bologna sandwiches because I liked them, now at 54 (my birthday was a few days ago) it looks like I need to fry it because I have to.

Screen shot 2011-05-05 at 8.01.35 AM.pngI spoke with Beth Weise from USA Today about listeria a few days ago and according to Beth:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been saying for at least 11 years now that people over 50 and especially those over 65 should avoid hot dogs, lunch meats, cold cuts and other deli meats unless they are reheated to 165 degrees — “steaming hot” in CDC’s words. The government also says you shouldn’t keep an open package of sliced deli meat more than five days, all to reduce the risk of infection from a bacteria called listeria. But some question whether the country’s been paying attention. …

But food-safety officials mean business about the warning. “When it comes to food safety, we’re serious: People at risk for listeriosis should not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats or deli meats unless they are reheated until steaming hot. Thoroughly reheating food can help kill any bacteria that might be present. If you cannot reheat these foods, do not eat them,” says Neil Gaffney, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service.

The recommendation is because of a food-borne bug by the name of listeria monocytogenes which causes an uncommon but potentially fatal disease called listeriosis. About 85% of cases are linked to cold cuts or deli meats. …

  • Carol Buente

    After reading the postings on this subject, you are going to find a MAJORITY of people do not know any of these facts about heating meat to make it safe to eat. I worked in a deli/bakery for many years and customers would not buy lunchmeat if they thought it had to be heated. People want a cold sandwhich to take to work. Is this just a certain type of meat? I am lost on some of this conversations that was posted on the food list serve, Doug Powell and now your comments which I believe are honest and true. Help me understand a bit better.
    Thanks in advance.