Food Safety Objectives for Listeria monocytogenes in Spanish Food Sampled in Cafeterias and Restaurants

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To gain more insight into the context of food safety management by public administrations, food safety objectives must be studied. The Valencian administration quantified the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in cafeterias and restaurants in this region of Spain between 2002 and 2010. The results obtained from this survey are presented here for 2,262 samples of fish, salad, egg, cold meat, and mayonnaise dishes. Microbiological criteria defined for L. monocytogenes were used to differentiate acceptable and unacceptable samples; more than 99.9% of the samples were acceptable. These findings indicate that established food safety objectives are achievable, consumer health at the time of consumption can be safeguarded, and food safety management systems such as hazard analysis critical control point plans or good manufacturing practices implemented in food establishments are effective. Monitoring of foods and food safety is an important task that must continue to reduce the current L. monocytogenes prevalence of 0.1% in restaurant or cafeteria dishes, which could adversely affect consumer health.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Departamento de Tecnología de Alimentos, Instituto de Ingeniería de Alimentos para el Desarrollo, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 46022 Valencia, Spain 2: Area de Investigación en Seguridad Alimentaria, Centro Superior de Investigación en Salud Pública, 46020 Valencia, Spain

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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