The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an open consultation on its draft scientific opinion on Listeria monocytogenes contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and the risk for human health in the EU.

This document summarises and critically evaluates the most recent information on L. monocytogenes in RTE foods, and evaluates the factors related to the contamination in the food chain and the consumption patterns that may contribute to the reported trend of listeriosis incidence in the EU.

Interested parties are invited to submit written comments by 29 September 2017 using the electronic template to submit comments.

All comments submitted will be published.

Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously.

Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.