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US: The troubling problem for the fresh produce industry

Food Safety News: Once again, the fresh produce industry has been hit with a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. The latest involves fresh-cut salad items, reportedly produced at a Dole processing plant in Ohio.

While it is shocking to see a serious outbreak in such a popular brand, Listeria contamination is a troubling problem for most everyone in the food industry, and the fresh-cut, bagged salad industry is highly vulnerable.

The food industry has controls in place to combat Listeriosis [sic], along with other pathogens; yet outbreaks continue to occur, and we must ask the difficult question… why? A look at the disease transmission factors associated with Listeria monocytogenes point out some unique and difficult problems that can confound our controls.

Read the full article at the Food Safety News website