The International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association (IDDBA) released a free new online and mobile training video that helps deli department managers and service associates identify and develop best practices to help reduce the likelihood of the growth and spread of Listeria monocytogenes within retail deli departments.
Titled Safe Food Matters: Listeria Awareness, the seven-minute long training video addresses such topics as:
- Listeria monocytogenes characteristics.
- Why Listeria monocytogenes is so challenging to control.
- What deli department employees can do to reduce the risk of contamination.
- The importance of deli slicer cleaning.
The video is accessible at training.iddba.org, as well as a Deli Slicer Cleaning IDDBA Job Guide that complements the video.
The training video is the latest resource developed in support of IDDBA’s Safe Food Matters! food safety initiative. It builds awareness about specific food safety practices that retailers can utilize in service departments—primarily delis—to encourage the sale of safe food. In 2015, the association is focusing on Listeria monocytogenes, a bacteria that causes listeriosis, a potentially life-threatening condition responsible for approximately 1,600 infections and 260 deaths annually.
To learn more about IDDBA’s Safe Food Matters! campaign, visit iddba.org/safefoodmatters, featuring training materials, reports, white papers, food safety certification reimbursement information, and other services. Additionally, food safety-themed seminars and workshops are slated for Dairy-Deli-Bake Seminar and Expo, June 7-9, Atlanta, including new IDDBA research from Phil Lempert, SupermarketGuru, in his session Consumer Attitudes: Food Safety in Supermarkets and attorney Shawn Stevens speaking on Putting Your Customers First: Why Safe Food Really Matters.