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Document ID (ISN)108275
CIS number 08-965
ISBN(s) 978-951-38-7069-0 (h/c); 978-951-38-7070-6 (PDF)
Year 2007
Convention or series no. VTT Publications 669
Author(s) Aarnisalo K.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Title Equipment hygiene and risk assessment measures as tools in the prevention of Listeria monocytogenes-contamination in food processes
Bibliographic information VTT Information Service, P.O.Box 2000, 02044 VTT, Finland, 2007. 101p. Illus. Approx. 230 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract Listeria monocytogenes is a pathogenic bacterium frequently found in the food industry. Its efficient control requires good manufacturing and hygiene practices, effective means of decontamination, rapid detection of contamination sources and hazard evaluation procedures. This thesis focused on deficiencies in equipment hygiene and hazard evaluation practices with the aim of developing the efficient practices against L. monocytogenes. Hygiene problems in the Finnish food industry were most frequently observed with packaging machines, conveyers, dispensers, slicing machines and cooling machines. Lubricants used in food processing equipment may also act as contamination vehicles of L. monocytogenes. Commonly-used commercial disinfectants against L. monocytogenes were generally found to be efficient at the recommended concentrations and effect times. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) occupational hygiene; food industry; hazard evaluation; Listeria monocytogenes
Descriptors (secondary) disinfection of equipment; public OSH institutions; Finland; infectious diseases; research; cleaning; thesis; disinfectants; contamination; lubricants
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Food, beverage and tobacco industries
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Food industry
Risk evaluation