From January 2020
Demonstrating control of Listeria in food
Food business operators (FBOs) must be
able to demonstrate their ready-to-eat foods
are safe in terms of Listeria monocytogenes
(Lm). This is a legal requirement under
Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 on
microbiological criteria for foodstuffs.
Evidence of controlling Lm can come from
many different sources, from challenge tests
to historical data, but each approach will not
necessarily provide the same evidence of Lm
control. Understandably, this can be
confusing for FBOs.
One of our new member-funded research projects
will create a structured, transparent system to help
businesses demonstrate effective control of the
organism. It will work like a scoring system; FBOs will
receive points from these different approaches and
when a threshold is reached, they will have assurance
that they can demonstrate effective control of Lm.
The project will take a number of approaches over its
two-year duration including the formation of a steering
group, the selection of manufacturing sites and
products for case studies, and ultimately the
production of a guidance document.
Would you like to be a part of the project? Getting
involved will allow you to make the scoring system
relevant to you and will provide you with the
opportunity to have your products and facilities tested
as one of the case studies.
Contact: Gail Betts