Foodborne illness outbreaks are teachable moments: people are paying more attention to a particular topic.
So what does the U.S. Institute of Food Technologists tell people?
- cook animal products thoroughly to make sure bacteria is killed;
- wash raw vegetables and fruits very well in order to reduce bacterial pathogens;
- keep uncooked meat and any utensils or cutting boards that touch the uncooked meat separate from cooked products and anything else you might be eating raw like fruits and vegetables; and,
- avoid raw milk or food products that have been made with raw milk as they don’t adhere to proper temperature and hygiene standards.
It’s reworded cook-clean-chill-separate dogma and would do nothing to prevent Listeria in ice cream.