The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently issued draft guidance, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods.
This draft guidance to industry from FDA is critically important to the food industry as it provides insights and offers suggested ways to implement procedures policies and practices to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes
) in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods including fresh produce. The draft guidance incorporates industry best practices and the “seek and destroy” approach used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Alliance for Listeriosis Prevention
, of which PMA is a member, and the International Association for Food Protection hosted a webinar on February 13, 2017 which provided an overview of this draft guidance. The webinar featuring Senior FDA Advisor, Jenny Scott, and Hogan Lovells’ Maile Hermida as speakers, addressed key aspects of the draft Lm
guidance and legal implications the guidance could have on the food industry.
Additionally, FDA is currently soliciting comments on the draft guidance for Lm
and PMA members can provide their feedback to Dr. Jim Gorny (JGorny@pma.com
or Tel: 302.607.2197). Comments to the FDA regarding this draft guidance are due July 26, 2017
. You can find detailed information, including the full text of the draft guidance at: