RT8 Bringing the World Together in the Fight against Listeria monocytogenes: A Regulatory Perspective

Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Primary Contact: Byron Chaves
Organizers: Byron Chaves and Jessica Chen
Convenors: Byron Chaves and Jessica Chen
Panelists: Jeffrey Farber , Mickey Parish , Peter Ben Embarek , Ian Jenson and Daniel Engeljohn
L. monocytogenes continues to pose a major public health risk in developed countries. Its high morbidity and mortality rates make it a prominent food safety concern. Recent outbreaks associated with the consumption of contaminated ice cream, caramel apples, and produce highlight continued challenges in its control, and underscore the need for continued surveillance and regulation. Government efforts to control the presence and persistence of L. monocytogenes in food products and food production facilities differ around the globe, making it difficult to harmonize policies with implication on food trade and commerce. The objective of this session is to present an expert panel view on the current global regulatory frameworks for L. monocytogenes around the world and to discuss potential ways to harmonize and unify such policies.
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