Consultation: Periodic Review of the “Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods” (2011)
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from November 6, 2020 to December 18, 2020
Health Canada sought input from stakeholders and interested parties to help inform the periodic review of the "Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods" (2011; the Listeria policy). As part of the review process, Health Canada is examining the latest science and the evolving Canadian food environment. In this consultation, the Department sought ways to improve its guidance to industry and regulatory authorities.
Who was the focus of this consultation
This consultation was intended for:
- Manufacturers and importers of ready-to-eat foods
- Industry and trade associations
- Government/regulatory agencies
- Consumer groups
- Academia and research centres
- Diagnostic laboratories
Input was also welcome from all other interested stakeholders and members of the general public.
Key questions for input
The goal of Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011) is to help the food industry to manufacture and import safer ready-to-eat foods by implementing Listeria control measures.
We sought your input based on the following prompts:
- What are the most useful sections of Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011)?
- How can Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011) be improved to meet your needs?
- Is there any ambiguity in Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011)? How can Health Canada improve its clarity?
- Is there new and relevant research on Listeria monocytogenes and/or ready-to-eat foods that should be taken into consideration in Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011) review?
- What is the biggest challenge you have faced since the implementation of Health Canada’s Listeria policy (2011)?
Information gathered from this questionnaire will be used to inform the scientific basis of the policy revision.
- Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods (2011)
- Listeriosis (Listeria)
- Validation of Ready-to-Eat Foods for Changing the Classification of a Category 1 into a Category 2A or 2B Food - in relation to Health Canada's Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods (2011)
- Food safety for vulnerable populations
Bureau of Microbial Hazards
Health Products and Food Branch
Postal Locator: 2204D
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