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Hospital Food Contaminated With C. diff

C. diff in Retail Foods continued...

The researchers did not actually trace any case of illness to contaminated food, Cohen notes.

"I'm not surprised that many of the foods tested positive," he says, pointing to the studies finding C. diff in retail meats.

But whether it is causing infection is another story, Cohen says.

"It may be contributing but it is not a driving force," he says.

To be on the safe side, though, make sure your food is cooked thoroughly, as high temperatures should kill the spores, Cohen says.

These findings were presented at a medical conference. They should be considered preliminary, as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process, in which outside experts scrutinize the data prior to publication in a medical journal.

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