Recent Concerns Regarding Food Contamination Have Consumers Worried About Food Safety

Beltsville, MD, October 2011 – In the wake of the recent Listeria outbreak attributed to contaminated cantaloupes from a Colorado farm, many consumers are concerned about food safety. This latest contamination is among the worst in recent history. According to the Center for Disease Control’s 2011 estimates, each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne diseases. As food contamination continues, consumers look for ways to minimize the risk of gastroenteritis or other adverse effects of food poisoning and its subsequent symptoms.

Some people are able to ingest contaminated foods and suffer relatively mild symptoms, while for others it can prove fatal. A healthy immune system is one way to help minimize the impact of contamination and, hopefully, avoid getting sick.

Even with increased diligence in improving workplace hygiene, food safety standards and increased regulation, major outbreaks of food borne illnesses continue to make the news on a frighteningly regular basis. Fortunately, research shows that quality probiotics like Vidazorb® can offer significant benefits in helping to counter the effects of food poisoning. The very nature of probiotic bacteria allows it to assist us in achieving a gut ecology that can counter the establishment of pathogenic bacteria in the human gut.

A study conducted by researchers at the University College of Cork Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in Ireland, investigated the beneficial roles of the bacteria found in the intestinal tract of humans. Focusing on one strain, the scientists discovered that Lactobacillus salivarius UCC118, was able to eliminate Listeria monocytogenes. Listeria can sadly be a fatal condition but the probiotic strain used in the experiment provided ‘significant protection’ against the disease, according to the report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences1.

In another study at the University College of Cork, scientists demonstrated that probiotic strains helped reduce the incidence, severity and duration of diarrhea in pigs infected with Salmonella2. Salmonella is another common cause of severe gastroenteritis in humans, and the study offers positive implications for humans and the food industry

Taking Vidazorb® chewable probiotic supplements may improve the body’s immunity from illnesses associated with food contamination. Probiotic bacterial strains work to populate the gut’s intestinal lining, allowing it to act more efficiently as a barrier to harmful organisms. In addition, some strains of probiotic bacteria secrete antimicrobial substances3. These substances include bacteriocins and organic acids, which inhibit a range of common and emerging foodborne pathogens. It stands to reason that probiotics could also be effective in addressing the gastrointestinal upset caused by antibodies. Learn more about the power of probiotics at http://vidazorb.com.

About Vidazorb®
Vidazorb® represents the development of superior shelf-stable, chewable probiotic formulations to provide essential support for core health needs. Research and development, together with a commitment to quality and efficacy, defines Vidazorb® as a brand of integrity and excellence. For more information, visit http://www.Vidazorb.com. For engaging, kid-friendly probiotic information, visit http://www.Zorbee.com. To learn more about the importance of, and science supporting, probiotics, visit http://www.YouAreWhatYouAbsorb.com.
Vidazorb® can be purchased online at vidazorb.com and drugstore.com
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1) University College Cork (2007, June 20). Combating Infectious Disease With Probiotics. ScienceDaily. http://www.pnas.org/content/104/18/7617.long

2) Casey, PG, Gardiner, GE, Casey, G, Bradshaw B, Lawlor PG. A five-strain probiotic combination reduces pathogen shedding and alleviates disease signs in pigs challenged with Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium . 2007. Appl Environ Microbiol. 73(6): 1858-63.

3)http://www.foodsciencecentral.com/fsc/ixid15883