Listeria Network Conference

Date: Monday 16, May, 2011

This one-day conference will focus on various aspects of Listeria including persistence, virulence and control. With some international speakers and covering the island of Ireland, it will be of interest to those in industry, regulation, research and public health.

FREE Registration for all safefood Network members

To register for this event please visit, sign up for the safefood Listeria Network and register at events. Alternatively please contact Dr Kieran Jordan (safefood Listeria Network Facilitator) by email at to register.


Moorepark, Fermoy , Co. Cork

Draft Programme

9.15-9.30 Dr. David McCleery, safefood. Welcome

9.30-10.15 Doug Eddy, Dairy Food Safety, Victoria, Australia. Taking Regulation from Prescription to Risk-based Outcomes – an Australian perspective

10.15-10.45 Dr. Cormac Gahan, University College Cork. Listeria monocytogenes strain variation: Are all strains equally pathogenic?

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-11.45 Dr. Mary Friel, FSAI. Update on regulatory & surveillance activities in the Republic of Ireland

11.45-12.30 Dr Anne Booth, Food Standards Agency, UK. The Food Standards Agency’s Listeria Risk Management Programme

12.30-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.30 Dr. Bob Madden, AFBI, Northern Ireland. Listeria in Northern Ireland

2.30-3.00 Ed Fox, Moorepark. The Irish National Database of subtyped Listeria monocytogenes from food, clinical and environmental sources

3.00-3.15 Break

3.15-3.45 Dr. Olivia McAuliffe, Moorepark. Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods: The Potential of ‘Natural’ Controls

3.45-4.30 Dr. Rene Imhoff, ALP, Switzerland. Successful strategies against Listeria monocytogenes in Switzerland

4.30-5.00 Discussion

5.00 Close


From South (Cork)

  • At end of motorway N8 from Cork to Fermoy take 2nd exit at roundabout continuing on the N8
  • Moorepark Centre is located on your left.

From North (Dublin)

  • Moorepark is located on N8 approx 12kms from Mitchelstown.