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Listeria alert Circling the wagons to address the threat posed by Listeria L Erica ShaffEr sumers about the dangers of Listeria. A CDC Vital Signs report on Liste- “Listeria is a really challenging in- ria found 1,651 cases of listeriosis were fection to fight because it can be un- reported nationwide during 2009- noticed in factories; it can contami- 2011, and 21 percent of those patients nate food not only in production but in died. Twelve reported outbreaks sick- processing and preparation,” said Dr. ened 224 people in 38 states. isteria is a stealthy, hardy foe. It Tom Frieden, director of the CDC. Several populations are hardest hit can contaminate food at any point “In your refrigerator, it can continue by Listeria. People age 65 and older during the production process. It can to grow, as happened in the canta- are four times more likely to get Lis- survive and thrive under inhospitable loupe outbreak. And when someone teria. Pregnant Hispanic women are conditions. It can also be deadly to eats it, sickness or miscarriage may 24 times more likely to get the infec- high-risk groups of people who are not occur for weeks later, when it can tion; pregnant women are 10 times vulnerable to its toxic effects. be quite hard to trace back and figure more likely to become infected. People Federal public-health and food- out what the contaminated food was.” with compromised immune systems safety agencies are working to raise Symptoms of listeriosis include fe- can be susceptible to Listeria infection. awareness about Listeria monocyto- ver, muscle aches, diarrhea or other Roughly one in five patients infected genes (Lm). The Atlanta-based Centers gastrointestinal problems, according with Listeria die from it. for Disease Control and Prevention to the CDC. But almost every liste- (CDC) recently hosted a teleconfer- riosis diagnosis involves an invasive Deli food safety ence with officials from the US Dept. infection, which typically means the The CDC reports that of the 10 Lis- of Agriculture and the Food and Drug bacteria have advanced beyond the teria outbreaks with an identified food Administration aimed at warning con- gastrointestinal tract. source, six were linked to soft cheese and two to raw produce. Deli meats and ready-to-eat products have been implicated in past outbreaks. Dr. Elisabeth Hagan, Undersecretary for Food Safety at the USDA, says the agency’s zero-tolerance stance toward Lm in ready-to-eat products dates back to 1989. Outbreaks in the 1990s and 2000 led the agency to take a closer look at potential food-safety gaps that were enabling the pathogen to contaminate food and infect consumers. “The agency found that not all establishments producing ready-to-eat foods, such as deli meats or hot dogs, were adequately controlling the threat of Lm in their establishments,” Hagen says. “Specifically in areas of the plant where cooked products were processed 64 • Meat&Poultry • August 2013 •

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Meat&Poultry - August 2013
Table of Contents
Commentary - Beyond foodies
Business Notes - Boyle to step down from AMI leadership
Cobb-Vantress strengthens position in China
Pilgrim’s Pride earnings surge in Q2
Arson suspected in Valley Meat Co. fire
Northern Beef Packers lays off workers
New issues arise around Smithfield/Shuanghui deal
Washington - Horse slaughter storm rages on
Legends of Deli
Deli Report
Gluten-free Growth
Deli packaging dynamics
Competitive edge
Meat Processing Operations & Engineering - Wild about turkey!
Cargill turkey operations gets new president
Tricks of the trade
Sanitation Tips - Equipment selection
Listeria alert
Small Business Matters - On a mission
Show Preview - Packing 'em in
From the Corral - Relieving painful practices
Product Showcase
Names in the News
Classified Advertising
The Insider

Meat&Poultry - August 2013