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Listeria Control Specialist Program Launches

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The American Frozen Food Institute, in partnership with the International Food Protection Training Institute, has launched a Listeria Control Specialist certificate program for food safety management in food manufacturing facilities.

The curriculum is based on AFFI’s Listeria Control Program, designed by subject matter experts and food safety professionals from across the industry, aimed at Listeria monocytogenes prevention and control inside frozen food facilities. 

“AFFI is committed to advancing food safety throughout the frozen value chain,” said AFFI president and CEO Alison Bodor, in a statement. “The Listeria Control Specialist certificate program is the latest example of how AFFI is raising the bar on food safety practices to help prevent and control Listeria.”

Participants who complete the five-course certificate program will be formally recognized as an expert, designated to control Listeria within their facilities. Others who may benefit from participating in these courses include regulatory officials, sanitation and quality professionals, construction and maintenance contractors, or anyone who would like to learn how to control Listeria in food manufacturing facilities.

“AFFI is a recognized food safety leader and IFPTI is excited to expand our portfolio of food safety training to include this important certificate program specifically on Listeria control,” said IPFTI executive director Gerald Wojtala, in a statement. “The program is not specific to frozen food facilities so anyone who manages sanitary operations in food manufacturing settings will benefit – as will companies as they build a culture of food safety within their plants.”

Related: 2020 FSMA Round UpCDC: Listeria Outbreak Linked to Deli Meats.

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