New publication on FOODAKAI: Listeria monocytogenes in cheese

Chrysi Soultogianni from Agroknow, has delved into the concerning issue of Listeria contamination in cheese and cheese products in a recent article published on FOODAKAI. The article shares findings, recommendations, and the impacts of Listeria monocytogenes on our health.

Cheese products have been linked to numerous listeriosis outbreaks, marking Listeria monocytogenes as the main microbial cause behind recalls in both the United States and Canada, with an increase in cases since November 2023.

The evaluation of the risk of Listeria monocytogenes on cheese products emphasizes a high likelihood of harmful bacteria presence, with a 27% increase in risk. This emphasizes the need for a proactive approach, with a particular focus on prevention. Implementing regular testing protocols, especially for Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products like cheese, are important. Heightened scrutiny through regular inspections to ensure staff compliance with cleaning and sanitizing procedures is crucial. Moreover, a comprehensive review of how industry personnel are educated about pathogen risks is essential.

Looking ahead, FOODAKAI projects a significant increase in Listeria monocytogenes incidents within cheese products, estimating a 16.71% rise over the next 11 months. Examining the hazards that are prone to rise in cheese and cheese products reveals a 33% upward trend for Listeria monocytogenes.

Health issues caused by Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes can lead to listeriosis, particularly affecting pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. The bacteria is resilient and can thrive in a temperature range of 0-42 ◦C. This is especially crucial in products like cheese, often categorized as Ready-to-Eat (RTE) products, which consumers typically don’t further cook.

Looking at the current crisis, it’s crucial for the food industry to act. Preventive measures are essential, and everyone involved in food safety should be committed to ensuring the supply chain protects the well-being of consumers.

To access the full article and see all the data and charts, visit FOODAKAI’s website