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Quantitative risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meats in Australia


Ross, T and Rasmussen, SKJ and Fazil, A and Paoli, G and Sumner, JL, Quantitative risk assessment of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat meats in Australia, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 131, (2-3) pp. 128-137. ISSN 0168-1605 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2009.02.007


Listeria monocytogenes is a food-borne pathogen that can contaminate processed meats and has caused outbreaks in several nations in which processed meats were the vehicle. Due to its ecology, the control of this organism in ready-to-eat meats is difficult. As a first step in improving risk management for this product:pathogen pair in Australia, a stochastic simulation model to predict the numbers of L. monocytogenes likely to be consumed in those products under a wide range of scenarios was developed. The predictions are based on data describing initial contamination levels of both lactic acid bacteria and L. monocytogenes, product formulation, times and temperatures of distribution and storage prior to consumption, and consumption patterns. The model was used to estimate the probable numbers of cases of listeriosis due to processed meats in Australia per year. The model predicted that processed meats could be responsible for up to ~ 40% of cases of listeriosis in Australia, a level considered credible by comparison with available epidemiological data. The reliability of the model, as well as data gaps and further research needs, is discussed. © 2009 Elsevier B.V.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Mathematical Sciences
Research Group:Statistics
Research Field:Stochastic analysis and modelling
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Food safety
UTAS Author:Ross, T (Professor Tom Ross)
UTAS Author:Rasmussen, SKJ (Mr Sven Rasmussen)
UTAS Author:Sumner, JL (Dr John Sumner)
ID Code:52489
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:55
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-07-24
Last Modified:2015-01-27

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