1. Microbiology & Food Hygiene

A survey of retail cold sliced meats with particular reference to the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and Clostridium botulinum toxin, to include reduced-salt and reduced-fat products

Project Reference:

11-2008

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

December, 2008

Project Duration:

15 months

Abstract:

This survey provided valid and reliable data on the numbers and range of the complete list of foodborne indicator organisms from ready-to-eat cold cooked sliced meats sold at retail throughout the Republic of Ireland. In addition, information on the incidence of Clostridium botulinum toxin in such products was provided, as was data on the chemical composition and water activity of the products tested.

The extent and range of products tested, together with the breadth of analyses undertaken, identified the extent to which such products contribute to the foodborne infections and illnesses in the Republic of Ireland.

This data complements similar surveys carried out in recent years in Great Britain, where the incidence of listeriosis has increased in recent years.

 

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Robert Madden, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast

Collaborator(s):

Single supplier

Outputs:

Report:

A survey of retail cold sliced meats with particular reference to the presence of Listeria