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South African researchers have raised concerns over the high prevalence of pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes in abattoirs and retailers in at least three South African provinces. A comprehensive and independent study has brought to light that contaminated items could enter the food chain with a risk of another listeriosis outbreak.

Listeria monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes is a concern in the food industry due to its ability to survive and thrive in a wide range of environments, including refrigerated conditions. It is a pathogen known for causing severe foodborne illnesses, particularly among vulnerable populations such as the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems.

The Report

The report underscores the importance of rigorous food safety measures throughout the production and supply chain. Contamination by Listeria monocytogenes can occur at various stages, from the abattoir to processing, packaging, and distribution. Such contamination poses a significant health risk to consumers and can lead to devastating consequences for producers and retailers, including product recalls, legal actions, and reputational damage.

By regularly testing your products for Listeria monocytogenes, you can:
• Ensure the safety of your products and consumers.
• Comply with food safety regulations and standards.
• Protect your brand reputation and market position.
• Avoid costly recalls and legal issues.
• Demonstrate your commitment to food safety and quality.

In light of the recent report on Listeria monocytogenes contamination, we urge you to take proactive steps to safeguard your products and consumers.

Microchem’s Technology

At Microchem we are committed to assisting you in safeguarding your products and brand reputation. Together we can assist with ensuring that your products consistently meet the highest food safety standards.

We offer advanced Listeria monocytogenes testing solutions designed to detect and quantify this pathogen accurately. We have a team of well-trained, vastly experienced microbiologists to provide fast turnaround times and accurate results. Our team is ready to work closely with you to develop a testing plan that meets your specific needs and budget.

Other Service Offered by Microchem

• Foodborne Pathogen Analyses
• Routine Food Microbiology Analyses
• Water Microbiological Analyses
• Shelf-Life Analyses
• Hygiene Inspections and Reports
• Microbiological Swabbing
• Food Chemistry
• Nutritional Analyses
• Trace Elemental and Heavy Metal Analyses
• Food Colourants (Azo Dyes)
• Vitamin Analyses
• Water Chemical Analyses
• Pesticide Analysis – Multi-Residue Analysis

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