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Listeria in Ready-to-Eat Deli Style Meat and Poultry


To quantify the levels of L. monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat and poultry products sliced in retail supermarket delis compared to levels in RTE processed meat and poultry products sliced and packaged at a USDA or state inspected meat and poultry processing plant.

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The study will build off the work previously performed by the National Food Processors Association whose focus was to compare the literiosis risk to consumers from RTE products sliced/processed at retail versus those sliced and packaged at the manufacturer. Data from the current study will be supplied to USDA-FSIS to: estimate actual consumer exposure to L. monocytogenes from RET processed meat and poultry products; and to assist in conducting a rsk assessment of L. monocytogenes in RTE processed meat and poultry products to support science-based strategies for addressing the occurrence of L. monocytogenes in these foods in the United States.

Lindsay, James
University of Tennessee
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