Stakeholder meeting on draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat foods and the risk for human health in the EU

Parma
19 September 2017

EFSA is organising a meeting with its stakeholders to gather feedback on the draft scientific opinion “Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and the risk for human health in the EU”.

Speakers’ presentations will cover:

  • The potential health effects associated with L. monocytogenes and the relation between doses and illness in different risk groups;
  • The exposure to L. monocytogenes by consumption of RTE foods; and
  • The trends of human listeriosis cases in the EU with potential explanatory factors.

The draft scientific opinion will be launched for public consultation from 24 July 2017 to 29 September 2017.

Learn more about EFSA’s work on Listeria.

Participants List

Time Items

13:00–14:00

Registration

19 September 2017 (13:00 registration, 14:00-18:00)
Chair: Ernesto Liebana, EFSA | Co-chair: Winy Messens, EFSA

14:00–14:15

Introduction to the event and EFSA activities on Listeria monocytogenes in RTE foods
Ernesto Liebana, BIOHAZ Panel Team Leader, BIOCONTAM unit, EFSA, Italy

14:15-14:30

EFSA draft opinion on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods: what are the objectives?
Antonia Ricci, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Italy, BIOHAZ Panel chair

14:30-14:40

Questions and Comments

14:40-14:55

Legislation on Listeria monocytogenes in RTE foods
Pamina Suzuki, European Commission, DG SANTE, Belgium

14:55-15:05

Questions and Comments

15:05-15:20

Activities and role of the European Union Reference Laboratory for L. monocytogenes
Adrien Asséré, EURL L. monocytogenes, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France

15:20-15:30

Questions and Comments

15:30-15:45

What are the potential health effects associated with L. monocytogenes?
Johanna Takkinen, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Sweden; Member of EFSA WG Listeria

15:45-15:55

Questions and Comments

15:55-16:10

Have the human listeriosis cases increased since 2008?
Niko Speybroeck, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Member of EFSA WG Listeria and BIOHAZ Panel member

16:10-16:20

Questions and Comments

16:20-16:50

Coffee break

16:50-17:05

Are all L. monocytogenes strains of health concern?
Martin Wagner, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria; Member of EFSA WG Listeria

17:05-17:15

Questions and Comments

17:15-17:30

What is the relation between doses and illness in different risk groups?
Moez Sanaa, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France; Member of EFSA WG Listeria and BIOHAZ Panel member

17:30-17:40

Questions and Comments

17:40-18:00

Concluding remarks of the first day
Roland Lindqvist, National Food Agency, Sweden; Chair of EFSA WG Listeria and BIOHAZ Panel member

20 September 2017 (09:00 – 15:30)
Chair: Ernesto Liebana, EFSA | Co-chair: Winy Messens, EFSA

9:00-9:15

To what extent is the consumer exposed to L. monocytogenes by consuming RTE foods?
Kostas Koutsoumanis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece; Member of EFSA WG Listeria and BIOHAZ Panel vice-chair

9:15-9:25

Questions and Comments

9:25-9:40

What is the impact of different factors on the exposure?
Panagiotis Skandamis, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece; Member of EFSA WG Listeria and BIOHAZ Panel member

9:40-9:50

Questions and Comments

9:50-10:20

Coffee break

10:20-10:35

Which factors may explain the trend in listeriosis cases?
Roland Lindqvist

10:35-10:45

Questions and Comments

10:45-11:15

The gQMRA model used to explain the trend in listeriosis cases
Moez Sanaa

11:15-11:30

Questions and Comments

11:30–12:00

Evidence to explain the trend in listeriosis cases
Roland Lindqvist

12:00-12:15

Questions and Comments

12:15-12:30

Concluding remarks
Roland Lindqvist

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-13:45

Additional information:
Outsourcing activity 1: literature search on L. monocytogenes in a wide range of RTE foods

Sara Bover-Cid, Institut de Recerca i Tecnologia Agroalimentàries (IRTA), Spain

13:45-13:55

Questions and Comments

14:00-14:25

Additional information:
Outsourcing activity 2: quantitative risk characterization on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods

Fernando Pérez-Rodríguez, University of Cordoba (UCO), Spain

14:25-14:35

Questions and Comments

14:35-15:00

Additional information:
Outsourcing activity 3: comparison of isolates along the food chain and in humans using Whole Genome Sequencing analysis

Laurent Guiller, French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France

15:00-15:10

Questions and Comments

15:10-15:25

Concluding remarks
Roland Lindqvist

15:30

Closure of the meeting

Date and venue

19 September 2017 (13:00 registration, 14:00 – 18:00); 20 September 2017 (09:00 – 15:30)

EFSA premises, Parma

Chair

Ernesto Liebana, BIOHAZ Panel Team Leader, Unit on Biological Hazards and Contaminants (BIOCONTAM), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Co-chair

Winy Messens, senior scientific officer, Unit on Biological Hazards and Contaminants (BIOCONTAM), European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Language

English will be the official language of the event, no translation will be provided.

Fee

There is no fee for participation. However, participants will be required to cover expenses related to your travel and accommodation.

Contact

Do not hesitate to contact conferences [at] efsa.europa.eu for any questions you may have.