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14
Nov

HefmA Listeria Research – 10 minutes of your time please


The bacterium (Listeria monocytogenes) which is the cause of Listeriosis, is frequently found in the environment - in soil, dust, mud, vegetation, silage, sewage and is carried by most of the animals that have been tested.  It is also found in up to five per cent of normal healthy people usually in the gut. For this reason exposure to this bacterium is unavoidable.


The significance of listeriosis, as a threat to public health is well known. Although the disease is rare, the high degree of severity, particularly among those at higher risk (i.e. immuno-compromised individuals, neonates) emphasizes the need to minimise exposure to high risk individuals. 

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) Report 2008 identified that human listeriosis was found in hospital sandwiches, stating that there had been six such outbreaks in recent years. With this in mind, and to clarify how the Health Service presently works to prevent such outbreaks in food products deemed to be high risk, this questionnaire aims to take a snap shot of present practices, identifying current trends with the aim to increase awareness of the dangers of this organism.  

In the survey we ask your details just in case we have a query with the survey, but when we collate the results the data will be anonymous.
Once the survey has closed we will share the results with all that have taken part.

[h3] Please click here to take part in the research today, completing the survey takes under 10 minutes. [/h3]

Thanks for your time

Tim

Tim Litherland
National Chair

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