The Agency has identified Listeria as a key foodborne pathogen because of the high mortality rate among people who become infected, and a risk management programme designed to identify effective intervention points has already been developed. The proposed research will look at the current guidance on vacuum and MAP packed foods, which is focused mainly on Clostridium botulinum, to determine the possible effect on Listeria.
The project will include a literature review and a predictive modelling exercise on the effect of packaging on the growth of the pathogen. It will focus on ready-to-eat smoked fish and seafood, along with cold sliced meat products. The closing date for applications is 13 November and more information can be found here.