Deli Meat Avoidance?

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Experts: 

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
In what meats is Listeria a problem? Is it all the sandwich meats like you get at Subway? Are those all to be avoided? Is it the processed meats that you buy to make your own sandwich from the pre-packaged section?

Please help clear up my meat confusion. Thank you

ANSWER

Usually the Health Department will notify the public if there is a listeria outbreak in your area.

The biggest meat risk is meat that has been sitting out for a time. Prepackaged deli meat that is used promptly is not usually a problem, nor is Subway, since their inventory turns over so quickly.

I'd be more cautious about the deli meat that they slice for you.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.