Strengthening the efficacy of official food control improves Listeria monocytogenes prevention in fish-processing plants

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Aalto-Araneda , M , Korkeala , H & Lundén , J 2018 , ' Strengthening the efficacy of official food control improves Listeria monocytogenes prevention in fish-processing plants ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 8 , no. 1 , 13105 . https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-31410-9

Title: Strengthening the efficacy of official food control improves Listeria monocytogenes prevention in fish-processing plants
Author: Aalto-Araneda, Mariella; Korkeala, Hannu; Lundén, Janne
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Departments of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Helsinki, Food Hygiene and Environmental Health
University of Helsinki, Janne Lundén / Principal Investigator
Date: 2018-08-30
Language: eng
Number of pages: 9
Belongs to series: Scientific Reports
ISSN: 2045-2322
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/243083
Abstract: Vacuum-packaged cold-salted and cold-smoked fish products are considered typical vehicles for Listeria monocytogenes, the causative agent of the food-borne disease listeriosis, which is increasingly prevalent in the European Union. Efficacy of both the fish processing plant self-checking system and official food control conducted by authorities are crucial for L. monocytogenes prevention in the processing of these risky products. However, the impact of official control on L. monocytogenes prevention in the processing of fish products has not been extensively studied. We investigated the occurrence, control measures, and correction of non-compliances predisposing to L. monocytogenes in Finnish fish processing plants. The following features were associated with L. monocytogenes occurrence: (a) frequency of non-compliances concerning processing machinery, (b) recurrence of non-compliances, and (c) frequency of non-compliances for which official control measures were requested by inspecting authorities. Official control of fish processing plants had focused on risky areas, but non-compliances were common and their correction exhibited deficiencies. We conclude that L. monocytogenes prevention in fish processing can be enhanced by strengthening official food control measures and processing plant compliance. In particular, timely correction of all food safety violations must be improved.
Subject: 416 Food Science
COLD-SMOKED SALMON
FIELD GEL-ELECTROPHORESIS
ENFORCEMENT MEASURES
RAINBOW-TROUT
CONTAMINATION PATTE RNS
BUSINESS OPERATORS
PRODUCTS
PERCEPTIONS
ENVIRONMENT
FINLAND
413 Veterinary science
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