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.
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.
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.
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.