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Listeria monocytogenes

Cristina Saraiva

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

A researcher in veterinary science, food microbiology, food safety, and quality, former Dean of the Integrated Master in Veterinary Medicine, ECAV, former Director of the Veterinary Sciences Department, ECAV at the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and member of the European College of Veterinary Public Health (ECVPH).


Sónia Saraiva

Animal and Veterinary Science Research Center

A veterinary scientist with expertise in food safety and technology, Head of Division in the Food and Veterinary Division of Porto (DAV Porto), from the General Directorate of Food and Veterinary (DGAV), Member of the Order of Veterinarians and Member of the Portuguese Association of Animal Behavior and Welfare Therapy.

Alexandra Esteves

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

A researcher in Food Hygiene and Technology with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from the Technical University of Lisbon, a collaborator with the University of León, and a member and Secretary of the Scientific Council of the School of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences (CC-ECAV).


Environmental Health Biodiversity Public Health Foodborne Pathogen Contamination Listeriosis Strains Shelf-Life Food Safety Bioactive Agents Biofilms Reduction Chemical or Physical Treatment

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Competition for limited natural resources associated with climate changes effects, particularly on agri-food systems, increases the importance of research and knowledge of new approaches to Health, healthy animals, a healthy environment, and a sustainable and safe food supply for the growing global population.
About 25 percent of all foods produced globally are lost due to microbial growth. L. monocytogenes is a microorganism ubiquitously present in the environment and affects animals and humans. L. monocytogenes can enter a factory and is able to survive in biofilms in the food processing environment. The use of adequate sanitation procedures is a prerequisite in risk prevention. Moreover, effective control measures for L. monocytogenes are very important to food operators.

The safety and shelf life maximizing of food products to meet the demand of retailers and consumers is a challenge and a concern of food operators.

To obtain food systems more sustainable, several developments are ongoing to ensure safe food products with an extended shelf life and a reduction of food loss and waste. The problem of antimicrobial resistance is also a great issue that must be taken into consideration.

The implementation of natural antimicrobials, using food cultures, ferments, or bacteriophages, is one approach to control L. monocytogenes in food products that meet the consumer preference for clean label solutions.
This book intends to provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art about Listeria monocytogenes in terms of occurrence in humans, animals, and food-producing plants. Its control by more natural agents allows for more sustainable food systems and points future directions to transform challenges into opportunities.

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