EFSA: Listeria infections increase in vulnerable groups

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has issued a scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes and risks to public health from consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat foods. The report covers data from 2008 to 2015 and concludes that Listeria cases have increased in people 75+ and pregnant woman. They attribute this trend to the rise in consumption of ready-to-eat foods and an improved monitoring system in some Member States. The EFS experts estimated that 1/3 of cases of listeriosis are due to growth of Listeria monocytogenes in food prepared and stored at home in the refrigerator. @ http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180124" rel="nofollow noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/180124
Listeria infections increase in vulnerable groups | European Food Safety Authority

Listeria cases have increased among two groups of the population: people over 75 and women aged 25-44 (believed to be mainly pregnancy-related). This is one of the main conclusions of an EFSA scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes and risks to public health from consumption of contaminated ready-to-eat food. The opinion covers the period 2008-2015. Experts began work on the scientific opinion after the 2015 EU summary report on foodborne zoonotic diseases identified an increasing trend of listeriosis over the period 2009-2013.

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