The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced a call for experts and data on Listeria monocytogenes in food. The opportunity is offered by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JERMA). 

Selected candidates will partake in an expert meeting to develop a new, farm-to-table risk assessment model for L. monocytogenes. The expert meeting will inform a possible future revision to the Codex Alimentarius Commission’s “Guidelines on the Application of General Principles of Food Hygiene to the Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Foods” (CXG 61-2007). The assessment will focus on, but is not limited to, leafy greens, cantaloupe, frozen vegetables, and certain types of ready-to-eat seafood.

FAO and WHO are requesting government bodies, industry officials, academia, consumer groups, and other applicable parties to submit relevant data and information. Experts who are interested in participating in the meeting are asked to submit their CVs at their earliest convenience; selection of participants will begin on June 30, 2022.