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National Microbiological Survey and Consumer Habits in relation to Frozen Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs (19NS6)

Monday, 16 May 2022

Between 1 August and 30 November 2019, 907 samples of frozen vegetables, fruits and herbs were collected by Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) for the national microbiological survey.

Following a multi-country listeriosis outbreak in Europe traced to the consumption of uncooked non-ready-to-eat (non-RTE) frozen sweetcorn and possibly to other frozen vegetables (ECDC-EFSA, 2018), a national microbiological survey was undertaken between August and November 2019 by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) in conjunction with the Environmental Health Service (EHS) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) Official Food Microbiology Laboratories (OFMLs) to gain a better understanding of the microbiological quality of ready-to-eat (RTE) and non-RTE frozen vegetables, fruits and herbs placed on the market in Ireland.

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