Listeria as a bacterial genus contains several species, however, only one is known to be pathogenic to humans and of real concern to food, dairy, and beverage processors - Listeria monocytogenes.

The presence of Listeria monocytogenes in food products may give rise to consumer safety concerns and the risks presented to vulnerable customers cannot be overstated. There are legal requirements throughout the UK and the European Union (EU) regarding its presence of L. monocytogenes, and detailing three food safety criteria, in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods.


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