Guidance for the Application of Health Canada's Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods
1.0 Introduction

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The goal of Health Canada's Policy on Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Foods (the "Policy") is to protect the health of Canadian consumers, to provide guidance to industry and regulatory authorities regarding the verification and control of Lm in RTE foods, and finally to provide guidance to regulatory authorities regarding oversight and compliance activities of RTE foods contaminated with Lm. Processors, packers, and importers of RTE foods are responsible for complying with all applicable legislation and regulatory requirements, including Sections 4 and 7 of the Food and Drugs Act (FDA).

The RTE food industry is encouraged to be aware of and familiar with the recommended food safety practices detailed in the Policy. Processors and packers of RTE foods are also encouraged to implement effective Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and/or a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) system to minimize all potential sources of Lm and to verify that sanitation and other controls are effective (whereby their effectiveness can be verified by end product sampling, and environmental sampling of food contact surfaces (FCS), non-food contact surface (non-FCS)). Importers of RTE foods are encouraged to obtain information from their foreign supplier(s) related to the imported food products and/or verify compliance of end products by sampling and testing.

Although condensed explanations of the Policy are stated in this document, the Policy itself should be the official reference.

To access the Policy, go to: Policy on Listeria Monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods

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