Listeria workshop for Hawke's Bay

A listeria workshop for manufacturers of ready-to-eat foods is to be held in Napier/Hastings on July 1 by the NZ Institute of Food Science and Technology and MPI. This follows workshops in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch, and Nelson. The institute says it is planning further workshops for other parts of the country in May and July and will announce these soon. The objective is to help food manufacturers develop a listeria management programme. Listeria, or listeriosis, is a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. It primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption, and storage. The workshop is free. More information is on the NZIFST website here.