Are refrigerated foods safe from Listeria?

Unlike many bacteria, Listeria can grow at refrigerator temperatures so use a refrigerator thermometer to keep the temperature below 40◦ Fahrenheit or 4◦ Celsius). The longer that ready-to-eat deli meats (such as lunch meats and hot dogs) and leftover foods are stored in the refrigerator, the more opportunity Listeria has to grow.

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