About Virginia Deibel, Ph.D.

Virginia Deibel, Ph.D. is the Director of Microbiology for Covance Food Solutions. Covance is a network of ISO 17025 microbiology, chemistry, research and testing laboratories servicing the food, dietary supplement, ingredient and packaging industries.

How Ready are Your Ready-to-Eat Products for the FDA Listeria Control Guidelines?

Welcome to a series of informational blogs where I will describe, decode and demystifyFDA Listeria control guidelines the FDA  “Control of Listeria monocytogenes (Lm) in Ready-to-Eat Foods: Guidance for Industry  Draft Guidance” (henceforth, The Guidance). These blogs will offer translations of The Guidance for minimizing Listeria incidence in your ready-to-eat (RTE) production environment and products. In this series, I will provide a section-by-section analysis translating the FDA recommendations into usable English and offering techniques to go above and beyond for those that are so inclined.  Continue reading