This year, the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association is conducting a year-long food safety initiative campaign called Safe Food Matters! to build awareness of safe food practices and serve as an industry resource for food retailers, manufacturers, and their employees. The Initiative will focus on best practices for decreasing the potential for Listeria monocytogenes growth and cross-contamination, particularly for deli ready-to-eat foods. Taking the proper steps in educating retail service associates on safe food handling, cleaning and sanitation procedures, equipment maintenance, and good employee practices can help reduce the possibility of Listeria growth in perishable service departments.
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