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FSA Publishes New Listeria Guidance

July 1, 2016
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The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published new guidance aimed at reducing the risks of Listeria infection in health care and social care settings. It is intended to help organisations with vulnerable clients to put steps in place to reduce risk and complement existing good practice.

Produced in collaboration with a number of stakeholders including the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the National Association of Care Caterers (NACC), the document forms part of the FSA Listeria Risk Management Programme 2010-2015.

An FSA spokesperson said: “The purpose of the guidance is to provide advice on the legal requirements and includes examples of good practice. It is aimed as those organisations providing ready-to-eat food for vulnerable people, as this group are dis-proportionally affected by listeriosis.”┬áCases of the illness, which can have serious consequences for vulnerable groups, have increased by 23% in the past ten years with an average of 180 now being reported each year.

Some studies have suggested that up to 15% of pre packed sandwiches on the market contain Listeria monocytogenes, which if stored incorrectly, could multiply to harmful levels. There have been a number of high profile cases in the United States, this week CRF Frozen foods in Washington was forced to recall 350 of its products after an outbreak that affected eight people in the state.

You can download a copy of Reducing The Risk HERE.