The CDC Is Warning of a New Listeria Outbreak That’s Sickened People in 6 States

Many of those who have gotten sick had eaten deli meat or cheese.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced details of an ongoing investigation into a multistate listeria outbreak. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are joining the CDC to continue the investigation.

The group of government agencies has gathered data that reveals meat and cheese from contaminated deli counters appear to be making people sick. Investigators are still working to identify any specific products or delis that might be associated with the outbreak.

Of the 14 people infected, so far 13 have been hospitalized. In Maryland one sick patient died as a result of an infection. Another person got sick during their pregnancy, and as a result lost their baby. The individuals identified as infected in the outbreak so far live in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York, and the CDC believes the true number of sick people in the outbreak is likely higher than the reported number.

Half of those infected live in New York, and five of them recently bought sliced deli meat or cheese from at least one location of NetCost Market, a grocery store that sells international foods.

Investigators were keen to point out that they don’t believe NetCost Market delis are the only source of contamination. Instead, they believe a contaminated food likely introduced the outbreak strain in multiple states.

The CDC is currently advising people at higher risk of severe illness to not eat meat or cheese from any deli counter, unless it’s reheated to an internal temperature of 165°F or until steaming hot. Those most at-risk for infection include pregnant people and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, TikTok, and Snapchat.

Jeremy Porr is a News Writer at Thrillist. Follow Jeremy on Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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