Listeria monocytogenes: Advancing Food Safety in the Frozen Food Industry

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 11:50 - 12:20

  • In recent years outbreaks related to Listeria monocytogenes have become associated with a wide variety of foods ranging from ice cream, cut fruits and produce, and even frozen vegetables. The ubiquity of the pathogen in food manufacturing makes it challenging to eliminate Listeria due to repeated introduction by way of incoming raw materials, movement of equipment and personnel in facilities and the generally high use of water in food processing. Frozen food production is no exception and this presentation will cover the industry’s collective efforts to better understand the science related to prevalence of Listeria in processing environments, develop and implement sound Listeria control programs, and outline risk-based and practical regulatory approaches that both address risks associated with the presence of Listeria in food production and achieve key public health goals relative to the pathogen.

Sanjay Gummalla, Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)