F.D.A. reopens comments on Listeria monocytogenes

by Eric Schroeder
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WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration in an Aug. 27 Federal Register notice said it is reopening the comment period until Sept. 29 for its risk assessment of the public health impact of foodborne Listeria monocytogenes in some ready-to-eat foods sliced, prepared and/or packaged in retail facilities.

The F.D.A., which is conducting the risk assessment in collaboration with the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said it is reopening the comment period to allow public input following a public meeting held June 23.

The F.D.A. first notified of its plans to conduct a risk assessment of L. monocytogenes in the Jan. 21 issue of the Federal Register. Comments were sought on data and information in such areas as characteristics of ready-to-eat food markets in the United States, characteristics of deli departments in groceries, product contamination data, and factors that influence the growth of L. monocytogenes in cheeses, deli meats and deli-type salads sold by retail facilities.

Electronic and scientific data and information may be submitted to www.regulations.gov.

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