Listeria Monocytogenes

Qiagen's mericon pathogen detection assay

Qiagen Listeria assays get AOAC backing

By Joseph James Whitworth

Qiagen’s detection assays for Listeria species and Listeria monocytogenes have received AOAC Performance Tested Method (PTM) certification.

DuPont BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Genus Listeria

DuPont’s assay for Listeria backed by AOAC

By Joseph James Whitworth

DuPont’s BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay for Listeria has been certified by the AOAC Research Institute as a Performance Tested Method (PTM).

Picture: Brian Saunders, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets Food Laboratory Division

EFSA assesses prevalence and compliance of Listeria

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has analysed data to estimate prevalence and contamination levels of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods at the retail level.

Photo: Cedida. Pilar Menéndez, from Navarra University is doing the work at University of Southern Denmark

Iron-ing out Listeria to find vaccines

By Joseph James Whitworth

The mechanisms of iron regulation in Listeria monocytogenes are being researched by a biologist-biochemist from Navarra University, in Spain.

Wawona Packing has recalled its bulk and prepackaged fruit products due to concerns about Listeria contamination.

Walmart, Trader Joe's fruit recalled in Listeria scare

By Jenni Spinner

A fruit packaging company is recalling peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots due to contamination concerns; the recall is affecting Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Kroger, and other US retailers.

Listeria monocytogenes has the highest hospitalisation (92%) and death (18%) rate among foodborne pathogens

UK uni trials Listeria sensor

By Joseph James Whitworth

A sensor capable of collecting and detecting Listeria monocytogenes on food industry surfaces is being tested by scientists at the University of Southampton.

Listeria Monocytogenes. Image copyright: Barbara Lund and Mary Parker

EFSA calls for Listeria risk data

By Joseph James Whitworth

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a call for tender concerning Listeria Monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.

Invisible Sentinel receives AOAC backing

Invisible Sentinel has Salmonella assay approved

By Joseph James Whitworth

Invisible Sentinel’s rapid diagnostic test for the detection of Salmonella species has received certification from the Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

Court order keeps food company from production

Court order halts Alfred Louie, Inc.’s production

By Joseph James Whitworth

Alfred Louie, Inc., has been ordered to stop processing and distributing food until it cleans up unsanitary conditions found by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors.

Tony Reed

Dow: Final 'kill step' for pathogens

By Tony Reed Dow Microbial Control

‘The E. coli STEC/VTEC outbreak that occurred in the European Union (EU) during 2011 showed the devastating effect contaminated food products can have on the health of thousands of consumers. It can also damage brand equity, sending shockwaves through...

Invisible Sentinel offers kits for molecular detection of foodborne pathogens.

Test kit detects foodborne pathogens

By Jenni Spinner

Invisible Sentinel has attained a patent for its Veriflow diagnostic technology, which offers molecular detection of foodborne pathogens.

Listeria levels low in cooked meats

EU study shows low risk of listeria in cooked meats

By Carina Perkins

An EU-wide survey on listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods has found that cooked meat products carry a relatively low risk of contamination, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Adequate protection against listeria monocytogenes contamination was lacking at NY Fish Inc's Brooklyn facility, according to the FDA

US sues NY fish processor

By Rod Addy

US authorities are suing a fish processor based in Brooklyn, New York, for manufacturing ready-to-eat fish products under insanitary conditions, with inadequate safety procedures.

FDA reports on food incident update

FDA reports on food incident update

By Rod Addy

Listeria, Salmonella and undeclared allergens were the source of the greatest number of incidents of food contamination logged in the latest US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report.

Cantaloupe food safety in spotlight

FDA urges cantaloupe vigilance

By Joe Whitworth

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has outlined their concerns of cantaloupes being susceptible to listeria monocytogenes in a letter sent to industry.

Listeria may not be completely killed off by standard heat treatments

Fakin’ it: fighting Listeria through simulation

By Rod Addy

Manufacturers can test the Listeria-killing potential of heat treatments in factories by using the enzyme amylase to simulate the behavior of the pathogen, scientists have discovered.

CFIA suspends licence of Capital Packers due to listeria risk

CFIA shutters plant linked to listeria risk

By Joe Whitworth

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has suspended the licence of a meat processing company after finding listeria monocytogenes on the sleeve of an employee.  

Antimicrobial packaging can help in listeria meat fight

Antimicrobial packaging targets listeria

By Joe Whitworth

Researchers have found packaging with an oxygen scavenger or carbon dioxide generator can inhibit the growth of listeria on ready-to-eat (RTE) meat.

Submission call for new criteria for Listeria in ready to eat foods

FSANZ calls for submissions on Listeria

By Joe Whitworth

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) today called for submissions on plans to review existing limits for Listeria monocytogenes in ready to eat foods.

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