Today’s consumers demand food products with absolute food safety. Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen of great public health concern. Strict legal limits apply to processed food products, including dairy products. Food companies require effective risk assessment procedures and control measures in the entire production chain.
NIZO owns a large collection of Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from different types of food and food-processing environments. Up to date microbiological and DNA diagnostic tools are used to analyse raw materials, production processes and sanitation procedures. NIZO is a key partner in setting up and evaluating HACCP systems and challenge tests in products. Integrated predictive models are available to calculate heat inactivation and potential recontamination outgrowth.