Information was compiled on Listeria prevalence in an expanded definition of ready-to-eat (RTE) salads to include pre-dressed and fruit RTE salads. New Zealand studies have reported low prevalence of L. monocytogenes in packaged fruit salads and Listeria spp. from bagged leafy salads. Sprouted seeds and RTE fruit salads, particularly those containing melon, may represent more significant risks, but these foods are yet to be identified as risk factors in notified cases of listeriosis in NZ.
Risk Profile Update: Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat salad