Poster Presentation at the 2016 IAFP Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri held July 31 to August 3, 2016

Introduction:  The ability of L. monocytogenes to proliferate in various foods at refrigeration temperatures and survive even after deep freezing makes the occurrence of this foodborne pathogen in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods of particular concern. It is especially threatening to the deli meat and dairy industries if fast and reliable detection methods are not applied. Since L. monocytogenes in RTE food can be present at low concentration with sub-lethal injury during food processing, an enrichment step is crucial to resuscitate injured cells and allow sufficient growth for detection.

Objective:  This study was to validate a sensitive and rapid method for L. monocytogenes detection in deli meat and dairy products.

Presenting Authors:

FoodChek Laboratories:  Dr. Sergiy Olishevskyy, Cathy St-Laruent, Melissa Buzinhani, Michael Giuffre

DuPont Nutrition & Health:  Morgan Wallace