Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono)is a gram-positive bacterium and a specific member of the Listeria family. It is capable of causing severe illness and even death. The mortality rate from L. monoin susceptible populations is one of the highest of any known food pathogen. Individuals with compromised immune systems are particularly vulnerable.
Effective training of plant and quality assurance personnel is essential to achieving quality and food safety standards. The training should involve both technical and practical applications of the process. In addition, it must involve all employees, especially Bubba and his counterparts — Junior, Leroy, “They” and “Supposed To.”
The dairy industry loses millions of dollars every year from product deterioration caused by spoilage bacteria. Spoilage bacteria result in shorter shelf life and decreased quality for milk products. By identifying the specific types and numbers of microbes involved, we can improve shelf life and quality by reducing bacterial contamination.