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EMPRES Food Safety - Prevention and control of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) and Norovirus (NoV) in ready-to-eat semi-dried products

Lessons Learned Series, No. 1 – July 2011








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    Listeria monocytogenes is widely dispersed in the environment and foods, and is capable of growing even at refrigeration temperatures. Foodborne listeriosis, although relatively rare, is a clinically serious disease with a high case-fatality rate that largely affects specific higher-risk segments of the population. Cases of listeriosis appear to be predominately associated with ready-to-eat products. This volume addresses the risk of listeriosis associated with such foods. It has been prepar ed and reviewed by an international group of experts, with input from FAO/WHO expert consultations, the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene, and peer and public review. The sections in this volume include data and methodology relevant to the four steps of risk assessment – hazard identification, exposure assessment, hazard characterization and risk characterization – of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods. It includes four example risk assessments addressing the risk of listeriosis as sociated with fresh milk, ice cream, fermented meats and cold-smoked fish. These products were selected to represent typical classes of ready-to-eat products. This volume and others in this Microbiological Risk Assessment Series contain information that is useful to both risk assessors and risk managers, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, governments and food regulatory agencies, industries and other people or institutions with an interest in the area of Listeria monocytogenes, its impact o n public health and food trade, and the use microbiological risk assessment in control strategies.
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    Risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods. Interpretative Summary. Microbiological Risk Assessment Series (MRA) 4 2004
    Listeria monocytogenes is widely dispersed in the environment and foods, and is capable of growing even at refrigeration temperatures. Foodborne listeriosis, although relatively rare, is a clinically serious disease with a high case-fatality rate that largely affects specific higher-risk segments of the population. Cases of listeriosis appear to be predominately associated with ready-to-eat products. FAO and WHO have undertaken a risk assessment to addresses the risk of listeriosis associated with such foods and to answer specific risk management questions posed by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH). This volume provides a summary of that risk assessment. The interpretative summary includes an overview of the risk assessment with a particular focus on information that would be relevant to risk managers faced with addressing problems posed by this pathogen in ready-to-eat foods. It includes answers to the specific risk management questions posed by the CCFH and outlines the issues to be considered when implementing control measures, including the establishment of microbiological criteria. This volume and others in this Microbiological Risk Assessment Series contain information that is useful to both risk assessors and risk managers, the Codex Alimentarius Commission, governments and food regulatory agencies, industries and other people or institutions with an interest in the area of Listeria monocytogenes, its impact on public health and food trade, and th e use of microbiological risk assessment in control strategies.
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    The Code of practice for fish and fishery products is intended for all those engaged in the handling, production, storage, distribution, export, import and sale of fish and fishery products. The Code will help in attaining safe and wholesome products that can be sold on national or international markets and meet the requirements of the Codex Standards. All related individual standards for fish and fishery products, as well as other related specific hygiene guidance, such as t he Guidelines on the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Pathogenic Vibrio species in Seafood and the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Viruses in Food (annex on Control of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) and Norovirus (NoV) in bivalve molluscs), can be found on the Codex website. The Code is a work in progress and a number of appendixes remain under development. This second printed edition contains revisions to the te xts adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission up to 2011.

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