Industry Information Session: Implementation of the 2011 Health Canada "Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods"
Topic 6: Methods of Analysis

Methods of Analysis

(Sections 7.2 and 7.3 of the Listeria Policy)

  • Environmental sampling should be conducted according to MFLP-41
  • Testing for environmental and product samples should be conducted according to any method published in HC's Compendium of Analytical Methods in which the "Application" section is appropriate for the intended purpose

To find the appropriate laboratory method, go to HC's The Compendium of Analytical Methods:

  • Select Volume 2 to find all methods that start with MFHPB
  • Select Volume 3 for all methods that start with MFLP

For example, after selecting Volume 3, MFLP-41, the method will open and the "Application" section will be found under section 1.

Excerpt from the application: "This environmental sampling procedure applies to both food contact surfaces and non-food contact surfaces in a food manufacturing plant. It describes the procedures to be used for the collection and handling of environmental samples for microbiological assessment."

To find an accredited lab go to:

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