MPI Workshops: Listeria - Prevention is Better Than Cure

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology (NZIFST) is holding a series of implementation workshops with manufacturers of ready-to-eat foods to support the publication of the MPI reference material "Guidance for the control of Listeria monocytogenesin ready-to-eat foods".

The overall objective of the workshops is to assist food operators to develop a Listeria Management Programme; and the workshop sessions will provide practical information about the foodborne bacteria Listeria monocytogenes; the sources, pathways and the key controls to minimise the contamination of ready-to-eat foods, as well as verification of the controls by developing an environmental and product sampling plan. There is no cost associated with attending the workshops however spaces are limited and registrations will not be accepted on the day. To secure a place at one of the workshops please contact Rosemary Hancock at

The workshops will be held in:

  • Wellington - 3 April
  • Auckland - 4 April 
  • *Auckland -  5 April  *(Only if there are sufficient numbers)
  • Christchurch - 9 April
  • Nelson - 10 April
  • Napier/Hastings - 1 July


More details can be found at

The individuals who are responsible for developing a ListeriaManagement Programme are encouraged to attend one of the workshops. An additional workshop will be held for evaluators, auditors and verifiers during winter 2013. Details to be confirmed. 

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