WASHINGTON -- Responding to numerous outbreaks of the food-borne pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, the Food Safety and Inspection Service division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture here has initiated new long- and short-term action plans for preventing future contamination. The preventative measures come in response to the nationwide outbreak of listeriosis associated with ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that occurred late last year. "Anytime someone becomes ill, and especially ...

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