A comprehensive Listeria testing program should include both product testing and environmental testing.
The food industry and government have long been aware of the persistence of Listeria in the environment and in processing plants.
Advancements in technology have led to unprecedented speed and ease in the definitive detection of specific pathogens of particular concern to the food industry.
The food industry understands that Listeria is constantly moving around and being reintroduced into the environment.
Tips for monitoring Listeria in food plants include acknowledging that Listeria is a pervasive microorganism that finds harborage in unlikely places.
Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. provides an update on rapid methods and automation in microbiology for food and beverage analysis.
FDA’s Total Diet Study is an important component of the federal government’s food safety and nutrition monitoring programs, with a focus on pesticide residues, industrial chemicals, elements and radionuclides.