The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued revised draft guidance regarding the control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods. The 2017 draft guidance expands on the version initially issued by FDA in 2008. Along with added details on many topics, the 2017 draft guidance also changes several key recommendations, particularly with respect to the recommended corrective actions that should be taken following environmental and product testing. In general, the draft guidance encourages a “seek and destroy approach,” similar to that used by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
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