Just curious if others are willing to share their versions of EMPs?
We are in the process of trying to completely revise our program to be more in line with FDA's Draft Guidance for Industry - "Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods".
We have been sampling 30 sites (zones 2-4) weekly for several years and we are looking at more than doubling our total number of sites/week and mimic the new zones definition in this guidance as well (i.e. drains in RTE areas are zone 2 now instead of zone 3).
To get to the point - one of my main questions is whether or not manufacturers are complying with the guidance for zone 1 swabs "we recommend that even the smallest processors collect samples from at least 5 sites of food-contact surfaces...on each production line for RTE foods".
Of note, we manufacture and package a high-risk product and test each batch of product produced for Listeria mono.
Thanks in advance for any input!