Informe del Comité Científico de la Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición (AESAN) sobre la verificación de estudios de vida útil en relación a Listeria monocytogenes en alimentos listos para el consumo

  1. Montaña Cámara Hurtado
  2. Pilar Conchello Moreno
  3. Álvaro Daschner
  4. Ramón Estruch Riba
  5. Rosa María Giner Pons
  6. Elena González Fandos
  7. Susana Guix Arnau
  8. Ángeles Jos Gallego
  9. Jordi Mañes Vinuesa
  10. Olga Martín Belloso
  11. María Aránzazu Martínez Caballero
  12. José Alfredo Martínez Hernández
  13. Alfredo Palop Gómez
  14. David Rodríguez Lázaro
  15. Gaspar Ros Berruezo
  16. Carmen Rubio Armendáriz
  17. María José Ruiz Leal
  18. Jesús Ángel Santos Buelga
  19. Pau Talens Oliag
  20. Josep Antoni Tur Marí
Revista del Comité Científico de la AESAN

ISSN: 1885-6586

Year of publication: 2019

Issue: 29

Pages: 11-18

Type: Article

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The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) and the competent authorities of various Spanish regional governments (autonomous communities) created a working group for the preparation of a “Guidance Document for the verification of Listeria monocytogenes shelf-lilfe studies for ready-to-eat foods”. The Section of Food Safety and Nutrition of the Scientific Committee of the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition was asked to revise the Guidance Document and propose practical examples for its better understanding. The Guidance Document describes a procedure that serves as a tool for the competent inspection authorities in order to verify the suitability of the Listeria monocytogenes shelf-life studies prepared by food business operators dedicated to the manufacturing, packaging and repackaging of ready-to-eat foods. The Document collects the existing information around the shelf-life studies and describes a procedure for the verification of said studies, including a checklist which enables the compliance with different requirementes of the presented studies to be checked. The Excellence Network for quantitative biological risk assessment in Spain, BIOQURA, prepared a series of practical examples, of which a brief description is collected in the present report. The Scientific Committee concludes that the Guidance Document is adequate, at present, for the purpose established. This Document should be regularly updated in light of the experience obtained from its application, progress in scientific knowledge, changes in the legislation and guidelines on this type of studies which may be developed at national or European Union level.