There have been a record number of recalls in 2016 due to suspected contamination by L. monocytogenes, although the actual number of cases reported have remained static over the last decade. The underlying reasons for the increase in recalls can be attributed to increased screening, improvement in diagnostic techniques and continuing trend of marketing ready-to-eat foods.
In recent years, there has been a diversification of foods implicated in Listeria outbreaks and recalls. Apart from traditional vehicles such as soft cheeses and deli meats, outbreaks linked to fruit, vegetables and ice creams have been reported. As it can be imagined, the cost of recalls along with negative publicity surrounding recalls, mean that risk control and prevention methods are required to address the hazard posed by Listeria. Moreover, a greater understanding on sources (especially endemic vs transient strains) needs to be achieved.
This session by expert speakers Dr. Keith Warriner & Dr. Azadeh Namvar will give an overview of L. monocytogenes that includes the characteristics of the pathogen and the mode in which it causes illness. A review of outbreaks and recalls will be provided with focus on recent incidents implicating apples, frozen vegetables and ice cream. New developments in Listeria control and detection will also be highlighted during the session. The event will conclude with discussion on changes in the industry to enhance the control of Listeria.
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- Dr. John M. Ryan, Ph.D.
- Norma Skolnik,
- Natasha Rowley-Phipps,
- Dr. Keith Warriner and Dr. Azadeh Namvar,
- Norma Skolnik,
- Edwin Waldbusser,
Dr. Keith Warriner is currently a Professor within the Department of Food Science at University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Warriner received his BSc in Food Science from the University of Nottingham, UK and PhD in Microbial Physiology from the University College of Wales Aberystwyth, UK. He later went on to work on biosensors within the University of Manchester, UK and subsequently returned to the University of Nottingham to become...
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