If that’s the case, then why do some people get listeria from deli meat and cheese? These products are cooked, right?
Yes, deli meats, also called luncheon meats or cold cuts, are precooked or cured slices of meat. However, you can still get listeria from eating them. According to experts, the processes that occur after cooking, such as handling, slicing, and storage, can get the bacteria into the meat.
As for cheeses, please remember that some kinds are made with unpasteurized milk. Additionally, soft cheeses such as camembert and brie are surface-ripened, which means they ripe from the surface down to the interior with the help of molds, bacteria, or yeast.
I recently ate deli meats and soft cheeses, what should I do?