An Expert Panel was assembled to:
Comprehensively identify, summarize and review the most relevant and appropriate scientific data and information for developing food safety objectives for Listeria monocytogenes in foods. Data will likely include:<ul>
<li>Prevalence / enumeration data for Listeria monocytogenes in foods; Ability of Listeria monocytogenes to grow in foods;
<li>Detection and enumeration methods for Listeria monocytogenes in foods, particularly at low levels of contamination;
<li>Virulence properties of different Listeria monocytogenes strains in a variety of food matrices;
Information on human dose-response for Listeria monocytogenes; <li>Other information relevant to the pathogenicity of this organism and its growth and survival in foods.
<li>Identify any existing gaps precluding the development and implementation of food safety objectives for Listeria monocytogenes for various categories of foods. <li>Include recommendations on the type of research and/or data needed to fill the identified gaps.</ul>
Status: <BR> This project is complete. A summary of the report was submitted to the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Hygiene (attached). The full report Expert Panel will be submitted for publication to the Journal of Food Protection.