2003P-0574 - Listeria monocytogenes; Petition to Establish a Regulatory Limit
FDA Comment Number : EC1
Submitter : Dr. Hector Leta Date & Time: 06/10/2004 06:06:47
Organization : Norben Ltd.
Food Industry
Category :
Issue Areas/Comments
GENERAL
GENERAL
The petitory will be warmly received by the uruguayan food industry.
It is widely recognized that to eliminate completely L. monocytogenes is a very hard task. However to control L. monocytogenes and to keep it under 100 colonies per gram is much safer. The level of L. monocytogenes in food products (e.g. cold smoked salmon) has been observed (10 cells/gr) to be much lower than the figure propossed (under 100 cells/gr), This is not of clinic significance and would constitute only a presence. The mere presence of the microrganism seems to us not to be enough reason to reject a product but a count of cells a more science based criterion. Hence the higher limit of cells acepted in a given food product is stablished. I believe that the adoption of a limit of 100 cells per gram of product is a useful tool and a step forward to the knowledge of L. monocytogenes to a higher level.