Flowchart - Follow-up Procedures to an Unsatisfactory Listeria monocytogenes Finished Product Result
The finished product is tested for Listeria monocytogenes (CFIA's or Industry's monitoring controls for Listeria)
If the results are satisfactory for Listeria monocytogenes, release the product and normal sampling schedule for FCS and/or finished product testing is followed.
If the results are unsatisfactory for Listeria monocytogenes, then the CFIA's actvities are:
- Create an IMS file and record all activities related to the finding
- Notify industry of the unsatisfactory result
- Assess if the product has been distributed. Contact area food recall coordinator if product was distributed
- Assess all lots produced since the unsatisfactory finding together with plant's information to determine any need for more sampling
- Request an action plan (received within 5 working days) and assess appropriateness
- Notify the plant in writing immediately if the action plan is not acceptable or if it is not received on time
- Sign the action plan if acceptable and keep on file
And the operator's activities are:
- Notify the CFIA of any finished product unsatisfactory finding
- Identify and ensure that all product(s) linked with the unsatisfactory result is under control
- Submit an action plan
- Initiate corrective actions as per action plan
- Hold and test implemented (10 consecutives lots tested, 8 by operator and 2 by CFIA)
- If a sample test is unsatisfactory during the hold and test, the cycle starts again.
- Notify CFIA all finished product results.
Once the activities listed above are completed:
- Verify industry's follow up actions by reviewing records
- Update and track all results in IMS
- Schedule another finished product sampling and FCS within a three month period, after all 10 consecutives lots are found satisfactory for Listeria monocytogenes
- Complete the IMS file.