The European Commission has published a draft amendment to the Listeria monocytogenes microbiological criterion laid down under Food Category 1.2 in Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs.  The reason for the proposed amendment is to align the criterion with the international Codex Alimentarius guidelines for Listeria monocytogenes.  In the Codex guidelines, there is a criterion of L. monocytogenes not detected in 25 g while placed on the market for foods able to support growth.

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