A survey of retail cold sliced meats with particular reference to the presence of Listeria monocytog
Project Reference: 11-2008
Commencement Date: December, 2008
Project Duration: 15 months
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.
Dr Robert Madden, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Belfast
A survey of retail cold sliced meats with particular reference to the presence of Listeria