AUSTRALIA: Food regulator warns pregnant women of listeria risk
The Australia New Zealand Food Authority today issued advice to pregnant women about the risk of contracting the food poisoning bacteria listeria. This follows the confirmed deaths from listeria infection of two unborn babies in Western Australia. The Chief Scientist for the Australia New Zealand Food Authority, Dr Marion Healy, said that pregnant women need to know about the dangers of the foodborne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes and the steps they can take to prevent infection of their unborn or newly born baby.
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