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The prevention of foodborne listeriosis
- Lund, B.M.
- British food journal 1990 v.92 no.4 pp. 13-22
- Listeria monocytogenes, foodborne illness, food safety, food contamination, food sanitation, incidence, disease course, epidemiology, heat treatment, disease transmission, disease prevention, United Kingdom
- Listeriosis in animals and humans has been known for over 60 years. Outbreaks in humans have been reported since 1951 but the importance of foodborne transmission has only been realised recently. Listeria monocytogenes is of concern to the food industry because of its ability to grow at refrigeration temperatures and the serious nature of listeriosis. Surveys have shown a widespread incidence of L. monocytogene in foods and high numbers in certain foods. Hygienic practices in food production are being modified to reduce this incidence, and conditions to minimise the survival and growth of listeria in foods are, being, determined.