Is Listeria Killed by Cooking?

Many people have gotten sick after eating cantaloupe that reportedly carries listeria, or Listeriosis, a serious illness caused by eating contaminated food.
Is Listeria killed by cooking the food? I have several cantaloupes and I want to know if I'm going to be safe if I cook them well at maximum temperature. Many bacteria die when you cook it.
There has been a recall of all the foods that contain Listeria and it seems to be becoming a major problem since many deaths have been reported throughout the country.
If I cook my food well, will I be able to kill Listeria?

asked by Silver in Diseases & Conditions | 4209 views | 09-20-2011 at 11:52 PM

Listeria can be fatal to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
The FDA warned that washing the cantaloupes before eating may not help as the bacteria may be inside the fruit.
Not sure if it can be killed by cooking, just to be on the safe side, I wouldn't cook them. The FDA advises consumers to throw the cantaloupes away.
Jensen Farms in Holly, CO, recalled its “Rocky Ford” brand cantaloupes on Sept. 14 in response to the multi-state outbreak of listeriosis.

answered by Philip | 09-20-2011 at 11:54 PM

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