For food safety experts, the news is even worse. In order to prevent infections, the highest level of compliance to regulations is needed to ensure the bacterium doesn't enter the food continuum. Sadly, lapses happen regularly and outbreaks are becoming more common. This means an even greater responsibility is put on the public to be extra careful with any food supply through proper hygiene, food handling, cooking and cleaning. Without adhering to the rules of food safety, you may have a rather nasty encounter with Listeria and a one-in-five chance of not making it at all.