A coordinated and comprehensive strategy that includes equipment innovation, sanitation, ingredient technology, post processing technologies and careful handling by distributors, retailers and consumers is the best means of reducing and ultimately eliminating Listeria monocytogenes (L.m.) and the human illness listeriosis. This was the overarching message at "Listeria 2000: Industry Sponsored Research Update," sponsored by the AMI Foundation and the Sara Lee Foundation at the Georgetown Center for Food and Nutrition Policy yesterday. The goal of the meeting was to provide a forum to share new L.m. research.
During the roundtable, more
than 70 scientists, academic experts and
regulators discussed 14 ongoing and recently
completed research projects on equipment
design, new test methods, the use of
anti-microbial additives, irradiation and other
post-packaging pasteurization technologies and
consumer handling issues that may contribute to
Listeria growth and to cross
contamination of foods. The AMI Foundation
funded six of these projects. For more
details, visit AMIF’s web site at http://www.amif.org
or view and AMIF press release at http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=Current&NavMenuID=274&template=PressReleaseDisplay.cfm&PressReleaseID=230.
Listeria Roundtable Underscores Need for Comprehensive Strategy to Eliminate Listeria monocytogenesThursday, November 16, 2000