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Finalized Study by FDA and USDA-FSIS Aims to Enhance Food Safety in Retail Delis

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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration

October 25, 2013

To help minimize the public health burden of listeriosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have produced a major study to better understand the risk of foodborne illness associated with eating certain foods prepared in retail delicatessens and what changes in current practices may improve the safety of those products.

The study, a quantitative risk assessment, provides a scientific evaluation of the risk of foodborne illness associated with consumption of meats, cheeses and other ready-to-eat foods prepared in retail delis and examines interventions that limit the survival, growth or transmission of the disease-causing bacteria.

This draft of this study was presented at a joint FSIS-FDA public meeting at USDA’s Jefferson Auditorium in Washington, DC on May 22, 2013. A transcript and presentations from that meeting can be found on the FSIS website.

The study was updated in response to public comments. A final report, interpretive summary, response to peer review comments, and responses to public comments along with additional scenario analyses are available on the FSIS website and the FDA Risk and Safety Assessment web page.