EFSA 12/08/14 Analysis of the baseline survey on the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat foods in the EU, 2010-2011 Part B: analysis of factors related to prevalence and exploring compliance. A European Union-wide baseline survey on Listeria monocytogenes was carried out in 2010 and 2011 with the aim of estimating the European Union-level prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat (RTE) foods at retail.
A total of 3 053 batches of packaged (not frozen) hot or cold smoked or gravad fish, 3 530 packaged heat-treated meat products and 3 452 soft or semi-soft cheeses were sampled from 3 632 retail outlets in 26 European Union Member States (MS) and one country not belonging to the European Union. Two fish product samples from the same batch were analysed upon arrival at the laboratory as well as at the end of shelf-life, whereas the meat products and the cheese samples were analysed at the end of shelf-life. All 13 088 food samples were examined for the presence of L. monocytogenes, in addition to the determination of the L. monocytogenes counts. A statistical model was developed for this purpose and is presented in the current report. EFSA 17/12/15 Campylobacter and Listeria infections still rising in the EU – say EFSA and ECDC. Listeriosis infections reported in humans increased by 16% compared with 2013: there were 2,161 confirmed cases in 2014.
Although this number is relatively low, the rise of reported listeriosis cases is of concern as the surveillance of these infections is focused on severe forms of the disease, with higher death rates than for other food-borne diseases, particularly among the elderly, and patients with a weak immune system. However, Listeria monocytogenes, the bacterium that causes listeriosis in humans and animals, seldom exceeded the legal safety limits in ready-to-eat foods – the most common foodborne source of human infections. Campylobacteriosis remains the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the EU and has been so since 2005.
The number of confirmed cases in the EU in 2014 was 236,851, an increase of 22,067 cases (10%), compared with 2013. “All main actors in the food chain need to act together to improve monitoring at EU level. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-007891-15 Conséquences contre-productives de l'hygiénisme normatif (concerne Listeria) Dans un récent rapport qu'elle a rendu sur les zoonoses, c'est-à-dire sur les maladies d'origine animale, l'Autorité européenne de sécurité des aliments (AESA ou EFSA en anglais) a révélé que les victimes de la listeria sont de plus en plus nombreuses.
Les dernières statistiques disponibles sont sans appel: entre 2012 et 2013, le nombre de malades contaminés par cette bactérie a fait un bond de 8,6 %. Or, d'après ce rapport, «les infections signalées sont surtout des formes sévères et invasives de la maladie, qui présentent des taux de mortalité plus élevés que les autres maladies d'origine alimentaire.»
D'après les experts, l'une des causes de ce phénomène serait l'hygiénisme forcené des normes imposées par l'Union européenne car, à force d'aseptiser les chaînes de fabrication des aliments, l'agroalimentaire permet à une bactérie comme la listéria de proliférer d'autant plus rapidement qu'elle n'a plus de concurrence microbienne. EFSA 04/06/09 Proposed technical specifications for a survey on Listeria monocytogenes in selected categories of ready-to-eat fo. Type: Scientific Report of EFSA Question number: EFSA-Q-2008-415 Approved: 22 May 2009 Published: 04 June 2009 The European Food Safety Authority and its Task Force on Zoonoses Data Collection were requested by the European Commission to produce a proposal for technical specifications on a co-ordinated monitoring programme (a survey scheme) for Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat (RTE) food.
This survey should allow the comparison of L. monocytogenes contamination in RTE food in the Community and Member States and the verification of the Community food safety criteria for L. monocytogenes. The proposed technical specifications focus on sampling those categories of RTE food in which the highest rates of L. monocytogenes contamination have been observed in the European Union (EU): soft and semi-soft cheeses, smoked and gravad fish, and heat-treated meat products that are handled after heat treatment.
EFSA 28/01/10 L’EFSA et l’ECDC présentent leur rapport sur les zoonoses et les épidémies d’origine alimentaire dans l’Union euro. EFSA Journal; 2010 8(1):1496 [410 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1496 Type: Scientific Report of EFSA Question number: EFSA-Q-2009-00695 Approved: 23 December 2009 Published: 28 January 2010 Last updated: 30 July 2010.
This version replaces the previous one/s. Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy This scientific output, published 26 April 2010, replaces the earlier version published on 28 January 2010. Zoonoses are infections and diseases that are naturally transmissible directly or indirectly, for example via contaminated foodstuffs, between animals and humans. In 2008, 27 Member States submitted information on the occurrence of zoonoses, zoonotic agents and food-borne outbreaks to the European Commission and the European Food Safety Authority. In 2008, salmonellosis was again the second most often reported zoonotic disease in humans accounting for 131,468 confirmed human cases. An important decline in the prevalence of S. EFSA 27/06/13 L’EFSA publie son rapport sur les taux de Listeria dans certains aliments prêts à consommer.
EFSA 27/06/13 Analysis of the baseline survey on the prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes in certain ready-to-eat foods in the E. EFSA Journal 2013;11(6):3241 [75 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2013.3241.