Ready-to-eat (RTE) food safety recalls and outbreaks due to product contamination of Listeria monocytogenes from the environment are devastating to affected consumers and their families, the originating food plants, and the food industry. RTE food plants must develop a risk-based environmental monitoring program (EMP) that covers the eight “W”s: why, who, which, where, when, what, what if, and what’s going on.
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