If you have been following the news, you’ve likely heard about the issues with Blue Bell Ice Cream and a strange bacteria called listeria. Listeria can be potentially life threating as it causes listeriosis, a deadly disease. The people most threatened by listeria are the young, elderly, or pregnant. The key to avoiding listeriosis is the same as all other foodborne bacteria: rinse whatever is possible, thoroughly cook whatever is possible, and store perishable foods in their proper place. Be aware of all recalled food products and avoid eating them until they have been ruled safe to consume. If you are afraid you may have listeriosis, seek immediate help through your healthcare provider or local hospital.