What would it mean if a whole group of people walked through a room strewn with banana peels, and no one fell down? It might mean that everyone was very careful, it might mean that everyone was lucky, it might mean that banana peels really aren't that slippery, or it might mean that the banana peels quickly became a normal walking hazard that everyone overcomes. Those possibilities inform the muted public reaction to the latest outbreak of a strain of the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, ...

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