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New Tests Confirm Wood Pallets Harbor Deadly Food Poisoning Bacteria
Date:12/16/2009

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- In a random sampling of wood pallets used to ship food in Portland, ME, and Philadelphia, PA, numerous pallets tested positive for Listeria and abnormally high counts of bacteria that could potentially create health hazards for consumers. The new data bolster the findings of previous wood pallet testing conducted in the Washington-Baltimore area, further illustrating the unsanitary conditions and unacceptable risks to our nation's food supply from wood pallets.

The new round of tests were commissioned by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), operator of the world's first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags. iGPS gathered samples from wood pallets located at lobster and fishing docks in Portland, ME, and outdoor food markets in Philadelphia, and submitted them to an independent scientific laboratory for testing. iGPS videotaped the unsanitary wood pallets in Portland, and is making that video available today to the news media. Click here to view video.

In Portland, five of 30 pallets tested positive for Listeria. Three of the five pallets tested positive for the most serious strain of Listeria, called Listeria monocytogenes, which is the causative agent for Listeriosis. Responsible for approximately 2,500 illnesses and 500 deaths in the United States annually, Listeriosis is the leading cause of death among food borne bacterial pathogens, with fatality rates exceeding even Salmonella and Clostridium botulinum.

The two other pallets testing positive for Listeria carried strains called "Seeligeri/Welshimeri" and "Seeligeri/Ivanouii," which can be pathogenic for mice and
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