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FSIS Releases Retail Listeria monocytogenes Pilot Project Second Update

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published the second update in its nationwide pilot project to assess whether retailers are using the recommendations detailed in the "FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Retail Delicatessens," issued in June 2015. In the second quarter of the project, FSIS surveyed 503 total retail delis compared to 334 during the project's first quarter. The percentage of recommendations that retailers followed increased in the second quarter compared to the first quarter in all categories, according to FSIS results. Specifically, compliance with product handling recommendations rose from 82 to 87 percent, while adherence to cleaning and sanitizing recommendations increased from 76 to 82 percent. Ninety-six percent of retailers followed employee practices recommendations, compared with 92 percent in the first quarter, whereas compliance with facility and equipment controls recommendations rose modestly, increasing from 96 to 97 percent.

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