Preparing for your appointment

If you have eaten food that has been recalled because of listeria contamination, see a doctor only if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of a listeria infection.

What you can do

Before the appointment, you might want to write a list that answers the following questions:

  • What are your symptoms and when did they start?
  • Are you pregnant? If so, how far along are you?
  • Are you being treated for any other medical conditions?
  • What medications and supplements do you take?

You might also want to write a food diary, listing all the foods you've eaten each day for as far back as you can reliably remember. If foods that you've eaten have been implicated in a recall, also bring this information to your provider.

What to expect from your doctor

To help with diagnosis, your doctor may ask if you've recently consumed:

  • Soft cheeses, such as Brie, Camembert, feta, queso blanco or queso fresco
  • Raw milk or cheeses made of raw (unpasteurized) milk
  • Processed meats, such as hot dogs or cold cuts
  • Any foods that have been implicated in a recent food recall
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