04 February 2016
Holchem, the provider of hygiene products within the UK and Irish food manufacturing sectors, has added a Level 3 Listeria Management course to its training portfolio.
Listeria has been highlighted as a major 'area for attention' in the FSA's strategic plan for 2015/20 – and Holchem has used their core expertise to raise industry awareness of listeria and also provide training for industry professionals.
This nationally accredited two-day course is aimed at hygiene, technical, engineering and production managers directly involved in the day-to-day management of Listeria within the food industry. This stand-alone course in the UK and Ireland adheres to the current FSA's strategy in helping to control Listeria.
Listeria is widespread and the pathogen itself can be found in a wide variety of contaminated foods. Those foods which are manufactured and prepared within the chilled ready-to-eat sector present a particular high risk. High hospitalisation probability and mortality rates mean that whilst Listeria is considered rare compared to other pathogens – it currently poses a vast public health and financial burden to the UK.