IImportant information about Listeria and what you can do in your business to prevent it

Listeria is a harmful germ that can hide in many foods. Outbreaks of Listeria infections in the 1990s were primarily linked to deli meats and hot dogs. Now, Listeria outbreaks are often linked to dairy products and produce. Investigators have traced recent outbreaks to soft cheeses, celery, sprouts, cantaloupe, and ice cream.1

The CDC estimates that Listeria is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness, or food poisoning, in the United States. An estimated 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die.2

Listeria is most likely to sicken pregnant women and their newborns, adults aged 65 or older, and people with weakened immune systems. Other people can be infected with Listeria, but they rarely become seriously ill.3

The following resources will provide you guidance to help prevent the spread of Listeria in the workplace:
Industry Education: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Food-Safety/Industry-Education

Lab List: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/65484/1567631/LAB_LIST.PDF

Deli Slicers info: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/65475/1567586/DeliSlicerMaintenanceTips.pdf and http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/65474/1567581/DeliSlicerTips.pdf

Process Authority List: http://www.freshfromflorida.com/content/download/65485/1567636/ProcessAuthorityList.pdf

Guidance for controlling Literia: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/706237dc-da95-4ad1-849a-3570ed163ca4/LM-at-Retail-Brochure.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

Example/template used for informing the food entity of follow up environmental samples: http://www.flgrocers.org/files/Environmental_Sampling_Follow_Up_example.pdf