Frankly, we're too lazy to heat our cold cuts unless we really, really want a hot sandwich. Then again, Gut Check doesn't fall into the at-risk demographic. What about you? Would you heat up your cold cuts just because some government scaremonger tells you to do so? Take our poll!The recommendation is because of a food-borne bug by the name of listeria monocytogenes which causes an uncommon but potentially fatal disease called listeriosis. About 85% of cases are linked to cold cuts or deli meats, says Mike Doyle, a professor of food microbiology at the University of Georgia.
And based on FSIS risk-assessment data, meats sliced at the store pose a greater risk than meats pre-sliced at federally inspected establishments, [Neil Gaffney, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service] says.