Faux chocolate remedies food poisoning

Carob is a well-known substitute for chocolate. Now, Nadhem Aissani of the University of Cagliari, Italy, and colleagues there and at the National Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology, in Tunisia, have shown that a methanolic extract of the leaves of the carob plant, Ceratonia siliqua, can inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes in the laboratory. Listeria bacteria are a major cause of potentially lethal food poisoning in meat, fish and dairy products. As such, food researchers are keen to find safe and effective growth inhibitors that could be used as protecting agents to reduce the risk of listeria food poisoning in people eating such products.