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CIPHI Seminar Series: CIPHI Ontario Seminar Series: Ready-To-Eat Meat Products, Environmental Testing Programs and Listeria at OMAFRA-licensed facilities
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Boardroom 350
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

Please note: This is an open invitation and may be forwarded to interested parties.​

Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen and the causative agent of listeriosis. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) conducts testing for Listeria monocytogenes ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products produced in Freestanding Meat Plants (FSMPs) and is exploring expanding environmental swabbing in FSMPs for Listeria spp.

On June 1, 2005, Ontario Regulation 31/05 Meat, under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001 (FSQA) (administered by OMAFRA) took effect.  Under this regulation, inspection of the FSMPs is shared between OMAFRA and public health units in Ontario.

This session will highlight results of a pilot study in environmental swabbing for Listeria spp. at 85 FSMPs from 2016 to 2018.  This work is valuable as it explores a potential gap in food safety and will be used to assist with future planning of inspection and increased collaboration among participating agencies.

Presenter: Dr. Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer

 Dr. Jeanine Boulter-Bitzer did her Ph.D. at the University of Guelph in microbiology. Jeanine has worked at Laboratory Services/Agriculture and Food Laboratory, University of Guelph in the area of food and water microbiology testing and with the Ontario Clean Water Agency in water and wastewater treatment and training. At OMAFRA she currently works as a Scientist in the Food Safety Science Unit.


The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) Seminar Series is approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of CIPHI. For more information, contact

DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies or views of Public Health Ontario, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Public Health Ontario.



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