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Meeting of the working group training package for shelf life studies

Published on 04/12/2018

The working group composed by volunteering LNRs or representants of competent authorities from Italy, Belgium, Republic of Ireland, Netherlands met from 20 to 22 november in Maisons-Alfort. Ludivine BONANNO & Hélène BERGIS have chaired this meeting which aim was to finalise the training package for shelf life studies dedicated to Lm. We are happy to inform you that the package should by finalised by the end of the year.    

ECDC-EFSA technical report: Multi-country outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to consumption of salmon products

Published on 08/11/2018

ECDC and EFSA have published on 25/10/2018 a Rapid Outbreak Assessment. Please find the links on EFSA website: the news, the report.

Marie-Christine Salvi is back

Published on 21/08/2018

We hope your summer period is going on nicely, with some time to rest! We are pleased to inform you that Marie-Christine SALVI is back to Anses since mid-July, with now a long-term contract.  She is in particular back in the EURL CPS & Lm teams, in charge of administrative and financial aspects. She is doing her best to proceed as soon as possible with the reimbursement of eligible participants to the 2018 workshops and training courses.

Adoption of EURL Lm Guidance document on the competence of laboratories implementing shelf-life studies

Published on 21/08/2018

We are pleased to inform you that the revision of EURL Lm Guidance document on the competence of laboratories implementing shelf-life studies (Version 2 – 7 May 2018) has been adopted by EC Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (PAFF Committee) at its meeting of 3 May 2018. This document is now available on our homepage or link hereafter.

Update on Listeriosis outbreak Lm ST6-frozen corn

Published on 11/07/2018

As an update on the investigation  of the multi-country outbreak of Lm serogroup IVb/ST 6 infections linked to frozen corn and possibly to other frozen vegetables, please find the link to two reports recently published: 1st  update of EFSA-ECDC Rapid Outbreak Assessment : http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/supporting/pub/en-1448 EFSA Technical Report: Urgent scientific and technical assistance to provide recommendations for sampling and testing in the processing plants of frozen vegetables aiming at detecting Lm - https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/supporting/pub/en-1445 We as EURL Lm have further undertook sequencing of food strains linked to this outbreak and Léna BARRE has participated to the expert group which has drafted the 2nd report.

Frozen corn likely source of ongoing Listeria monocytogenes outbreak (EFSA)

Published on 17/04/2018

Frozen corn is the likely source of an outbreak of Listeria monocytogeneswhich has affected five EU Member States (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and the United Kingdom) since 2015. This is the conclusion of a rapid outbreak assessment published today by EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). As of 8 March 2018, 32 cases including six deaths had been reported.  

EU summary report on zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks 2016 is out

Published on 18/12/2017

The European Union summary report on trends and sources of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks in 2016 was published on 12 December 2017. Here is the paragraphe on Listeria of the annoucement page entitled "Salmonella cases no longer falling in the EU" Listeria infections, which are generally more severe, led to hospitalisation in 97% of reported cases. In 2016, listeriosis continued to rise, with 2,536 cases (a 9.3% increase) and 247 deaths reported. Most deaths occur in people aged over 64 (fatality rate of 18.9%). People over 84 are particularly at risk (fatality rate of 26.1%). Listeriaseldom exceeded legal safety limits in ready-to-eat foods.  

Presentations - Stakeholder meeting on draft scientific opinion on Listeria

Published on 27/09/2017

EFSA has organised a meeting with its stakeholders to gather feedback on the draft scientific opinion “Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and the risk for human health in the EU”. Speakers’ presentations had covered: The potential health effects associated with L. monocytogenes and the relation between doses and illness in different risk groups; The exposure to L. monocytogenes by consumption of RTE foods; and The trends of human listeriosis cases in the EU with potential explanatory factors. Reminder: The draft scientific opinion for public consultation until 29 September 2017.

Public consultation on the draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat foods and the risk for human health in the EU

Published on 14/08/2017

EFSA has launched an open consultation on its draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and the risk for human health in the EU. This document summarises and critically evaluates the most recent information on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods, and evaluates the factors related to the contamination in the food chain and the consumption patterns that may contribute to the reported trend of listeriosis incidence in the EU.   Links Public consultation page draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat foods and the risk for human health in the EU EFSA reports linked to this draft opinion: Closing gaps for performing a risk assessment on Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods: activity 1, an extensive literature search and study selection with data extraction on L. monocytogenes in a wide range of RTE food activity 2, a quantitative risk characterization on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods; starting from the retail stage activity 3, the comparison of isolates from different compartments along the food chain, and from humans using whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis

Euroreference issue 2 is online

Published on 07/04/2017

Euroreference is about reference activities dedicated to animal health, plant health and food and water safety. Now 16 other european organisations are co-edtiting it. link to read it