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Validation of standard method EN ISO 11290 - Part 2 for the enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes in food

Rollier, Patricia, Lombard, Bertrand, Guillier, Laurent, François, Danièle, Romero, Karol, Pierru, Sylvie, Bouhier, Laurence, Gnanou Besse, Nathalie
International journal of food microbiology 2019 v.288 pp. 22-31
Listeria monocytogenes, cheeses, food processing, infant foods, smoked salmon, standard deviation, vegetables
The reference method for the detection and enumeration of L. monocytogenes in food (Standards EN ISO 11290-1&2) have been validated by inter-laboratory studies in the frame of the Mandate M381 from European Commission to CEN. In this paper, the inter-laboratory studies led in 2013 on 5 matrices (cold-smoked salmon, milk powdered infant food formula, vegetables, environment, and cheese) to validate Standard EN ISO 11290-2 are reported. According to the results obtained, the method of the revised Standard EN ISO 11290-2 can be considered as a good method for the enumeration of L. monocytogenes in foods and food processing environment, in particular for the matrices included in the study. Values of repeatability and reproducibility standard deviations can be considered satisfactory for this type of method with a confirmation stage, since most of them were below 0.3 log10, also at low levels, close to the regulatory limit of 100 CFU/g.