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Building the case for Zone 1 Listeria Sampling in Produce Operations

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Unsure how food contact surface (i.e. Zone 1) testing for Listeria spp. can fit into your environmental monitoring plan without exposing your organization to regulatory risk or backlash? Join us for this 1-hr webinar to learn about the changes in regulatory thinking, conveyed via the FDA’s 2017 publication of “Draft Guidance for Industry: Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods”, intended to incentivize the ‘seek and destroy’ approach to monitoring for Listeria on food contact surfaces.

Still, many in the fresh produce industry (fresh-cut and packinghouses) remain understandably wary of Zone 1 testing. After covering current FDA policy related to environmental monitoring, we’ll provide detail on a new resource in development by a United Fresh workgroup: a set of guidelines and case studies that illustrate how an operation can prepare to implement Zone 1 sampling, and provide strategies for how to react in the event of a positive.

After listening to this webinar, attendees should feel more confident in assessing their operation’s ability to move towards testing Zone 1 surfaces for Listeria spp.

This webinar is sponsored by Ecolab.

Webinar Speakers:

  • Emily Griep, United Fresh Produce Association
  • Brittany Wiebe, Ecolab
  • Ashish Pandit, Pom Wonderful