Listeria reduction in meat and poultry products working
New strategies and a cooperative approach have paid off.
A CDC report says federally regulated plants have not had to recall ready-to-eat meat or poultry products for listeriosis since 2003, suggesting that current safety measures in the meat industry have been effective. Programs include “seek and destroy” and the adaptation of new sanitary equipment to processing applications. In 2001, American Meat Institute voted to adopt a non-competitive approach to food safety to encourage members to share strategies and technologies.