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.
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.
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
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
Published on 26/01/2017
European experts have noted an increasing trend of listeriosis since 2008, but they highlight that the number of affected people stabilised from 2014 to 2015. Infections were mostly reported in people over 64 years of age. These are some of the findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC on zoonotic diseases, which also includes the latest trends on salmonellosis, campylobacteriosis, and foodborne outbreaks in the European Union (published 16 December 2016). See the article published on Listeria (EFSA website).
Published on 14/11/2016
The Euroreference magazine is now available in a new formula, produced jointly by a group of agencies from several Member States of the European Union. Euroreference is a European journal created by ANSES in 2009. It deals specifically with reference activities in the areas of animal health, plant health, and food and drinking water safety. Its new formula is based on an editorial committee of 15 European partners, making the new Euroreference a collective publication devoted to better dissemination of knowledge at the European and international scales. It offers scientific and technical articles of interest to health protection laboratories and agencies involved in reference activities in Europe. Euroreference is thus designed to help enhance efficiency in European reference activities.
For further details, see https://www.anses.fr/en/content/new-formula-euroreference-magazine
Published on 21/10/2016
The WG met on 20th October (Anses, Maisons-Alfort, France) to finalise the update of the guidance document.
Published on 25/01/2016
The formal invitation was sent last week. Do not hesitate to contact us in case of need.
Published on 06/01/2016
Human cases of listeriosis and campylobacteriosis rose once again in 2014, continuing an upward trend that began in 2008. Salmonellosis cases increased slightly for the first time since 2008. These are the main findings of the latest annual report by EFSA and ECDC on zoonoses and foodborne outbreaks in the European Union.
Published on 17/12/2015
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Published on 15/04/2015
ECDC have just informed us that the surveillance report on seven priority food- and waterborne diseases in the EU/EEA 2010-2012 was published on 7th April:
Listerioris surveillance is the topic of the 2nd chapter.