A New Way to Combat Bacteria Responsible for Food Poisoning

Leaves of the plant that yields carob— the substitute for chocolate that some consider healthier—are a rich source of antibacterial substances ideal for fighting the microbe responsible for listeriosis, a serious form of food poisoning, according to a recent report.

The carob leaves proved effective in inhibiting the growth of Listeria bacteria in laboratory cultures and are now being tested further on Listeria growing in meat and fish.