Foodborne pathogens grow well at room temperatures, but are destroyed by heat above 135 degrees F. For an extra margin of food safety, USDA recommends extra cooking time to be sure the food is at an even safer temperature before consumption.
Infections caused by bacteria, viruses and parasites are a major cause of illness and death around the globe. Even in developed countries, illnesses transmitted through contaminated foods and by contact with animals and their environment pose a significant burden on public health.
If a woman is first exposed to Toxo during or shortly before pregnancy, she has a 20 to 50% chance of passing it on to her unborn baby. Cats are the carrier and exposure to the parasite in the cat’s feces can lead to food contamination, and then human exposure.