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Protecting your brand from Listeria Monocytogenes

Apr 17, 2014

Although Listeria monocytogenes is the only member of the Listeria family which causes human illness, the presence of any member of the Listeria family in a food processing environment indicates that conditions are favorable for L. monocytogenes.

This pathogen is typically transferred via food. Dairy products, processed meats, and some vegetables are the most common food products associated with Listeria. Foods can become contaminated with L. monocytogenes anywhere along the continuum from farm to fork. 

Listeria is abundant in nature. It can be found almost anywhere. Because of its pervasiveness, there is a constant re-introduction of the organism into the food plant. It can never be eliminated from the food processing environment. The goal is to control it within the production environment.

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