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Listeria Prevalence in RTE Meat and Poultry Declines in 2010; 81 Percent Drop Since 2000

Monday, August 15, 2011

(American Meat Institute)

Listeria prevalence in all ready-to-eat (RTE) meat and poultry products was .28 in 2010, according to data released by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). This is down from .37 in 2009 and represents an 81 percent decline since 2000 (1.45 to .28). This data includes information from all three FSIS sampling projects.

FSIS analyzed 3,153 and 8,704 samples for L. monocytogenes in its ALLRTE and RTE001 sampling projects respectively. Ten positive samples were observed in ALLRTE (0.32 percent positive), and 24 positive samples were observed in the in RTE001 samples (0.28 percent positive). FSIS analyzed 1,854 products for L. monocytogenes in the RLm sampling program in CY 2010. The sampling results produced four positives samples, resulting in 0.22 percent positive rate.

For more information and further descriptions of the sampling projects, go to http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Science/Micro_Testing_RTE/.

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