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As part of our ongoing commitment to sharing our knowledge and expertise we have added a new white paper to our website. The Listeria Management Plan whitepaper discusses the new philosophy of managing food safety based on risk assessment of the food manufacturing process and food manufacturing environment and has six specific key elements. This is in contrast to traditional control methods that, can be argued, are not sufficiently robust and that a new approach to Listeria management is required. HACCP in particular, is not effective in controlling Listeria monocytogenes as the majority of Listeria cases are caused by an excessive load of Listeria prior to any decontamination process (e.g. in recent cantaloupe cases – CDC 2011, Food Standards Australia 2018) or cross‐contamination post decontamination process (e.g. the current case in South Africa associated with cooked meats – NCID 2018).
For further info visit the listeria management plan page.