Industry Information Session: Implementation of the 2011 Health Canada "Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods"
Topic 4: Fresh and Processed Produce Subject to the Listeria Policy

Food Subject to the Listeria Policy

(Section 1 of the Listeria Policy)

  • Domestically produced RTE food are subject to the Listeria Policy
  • Imported RTE food are subject to the Listeria Policy
  • Retail food are not subject to the Listeria Policy
  • Food prepared and sold at foodservice establishments are not subject to the Listeria Policy

Food Subject to the Listeria Policy

(Appendix A of the Listeria Policy)

The Listeria Policy applies to RTE foods (as defined in the Appendix A of HC's Listeria Policy):

  • That do not require any further preparation before consumption, except washing/rinsing, thawing or warming; and
  • That have been subjected to some form of processing in order to render them RTE; and/or
  • Which have been subjected to another process to extend their shelf-life

Fresh Produce Subject to the Listeria Policy

  • RTE fresh-cut fruit and vegetables that have been either washed and peeled, either sliced, chopped or shredded prior to being packaged for sale and are intended to be consumed raw and not for further processing or cooking

Fresh Produce Not Subject to the Listeria Policy

  • Whole fresh fruit and vegetables that have only been trimmed, cleaned, brushed, washed, graded, packaged or otherwise prepared for human consumption
  • Non-RTE fresh-cut produce that have been either washed, peeled, sliced, chopped or shredded prior to being packaged for sale with cooking instructions on the package

RTE Processed Fruits and Vegetables Subject to the Listeria Policy

RTE fruits and vegetables subjected to a process that does not achieve a 5 log reduction and packaged in non-hermetically sealed containers.

  • Frozen fruits
  • Certain frozen vegetables
  • Refrigerated pickles, olives and sauerkraut

RTE Processed Fruits and Vegetables Not Subject to the Listeria Policy

RTE fruits and vegetables processed to a minimum of 5 log reduction using a validated thermal process, retorting, aseptic process and are packed in hermetically sealed containers.

  • Canned fruits
  • Canned vegetables
  • Jams and jellies
  • Shelf stable fruit juices
  • Shelf stable pickles
  • Shelf stable olives
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