Rethinking Listeria

“When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meager or unsatisfactory kind.”
—William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907)

These words are as true today as they were over a century and a half ago. As scientists, it is our nature to investigate, measure and improve. Numbers and data are the basis of our informed decision making. Our need for reliable data causes us to examine in detail the workings of our surroundings and learn as we improve. When it comes to Listeria, recent events involving the Listeria outbreak associated with cantaloupe highlight the importance of our work to investigate, measure and improve.

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