USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is out with guidance for retail delicatessens on how they better control Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in their shops. It has come up with eight recommendations for delicatessens to consider using to protect the public health from Lm. On the list of eight are:’
The eight suggestions are found in an FSIS Directive issued on Feb. 16, 2017. It was released to FSIS Investigators who conduct in-commerce surveillance at retail outlets that slice or prepare deli products.
FSIS said its recommendations are based on an evaluation of retail conditions and practices in an interagency risk assessment for Lm. The FSIS guidance was based at least in part on information from he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Based on a pilot project, FSIS expects 64 percent of retailers will follow all eight recommendations. FSIS has a “RTE Deli Tool to help Investigators in their outreach work.
Deli owners who do not want to embrace the change are also reminded that FSIS has another directive calling from detention and seizure of RTE products that are found to be adulterated.
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