Staphylococcus aureus, commonly called “Staph” is a type of bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. This bacteria produces toxins that cause illness. About 25% of healthy people and animals carry Staphylococcus aureus on their skin and in their nasal passages. Contamination of food often occurs when people carrying the bacteria handle foods that are not cooked before being consumed, such as sliced deli meats, puddings, pastries and sandwiches.
How Dangerous Is Staphylococcus?
Staphylococcus aureus bacteria is very tolerant of salty conditions and can easily grow in foods with high levels of salt, like ham. Toxins produced are very fast acting and symptoms arise quickly after consuming contaminated food. Symptoms of Staphylococcus aureus infection include diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. For most affected people the illness is brief, but if severe can require hospitalization and intravenous fluids.
How Can Log10 Remediate Staphylococcus?
Log10 carefully selects strains of probiotics that inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus to include in custom formulations of Pre-Liminate™ probiotic blends. These proprietary blends can be used to remediate pathogens in food products or the environment, including resistant biofilms. This effectively creates a safe food production environment. Contact us to learn more.