Listeria monocytogenes in Soft Cheese

Microbiological contamination of food can cause a range of sickness symptoms, the most extreme of which can result in hospitalisation, contamination can also cause food spoilage. Contamination can result from raw ingredients, poor sanitation or hygiene practices, or inappropriate storage conditions.

Listeriosis is an infection that usually develops after eating food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. As such, it is important to highlight any potentially unsafe levels of Listeria within consumer foodstuffs. This is in an effort to protect manufacturers from loss of reputation as well as protect consumers from low quality, potentially harmful foodstuffs.

Soft cheese has a mild, sweet taste which is spreadable at room temperature and comes in various flavoured varieties including those with herbs, fruits blended in. The cheese is widely consumed around the world, where it used to enrich cheesecakes, dips, toppings, sweet & savory dishes and desserts.

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