"Preventing listeriosis as a food illness requires effective sanitation of food contact surfaces. Alcohol is an effective topical sanitizer against Listeria. Quaternary ammonium can be used in conjunction with alcohol as a food contact safe sanitizer with increased duration of the sanitizing action. Refrigerated foods in the home should be kept below 4 °C (39.2 °F) to discourage bacterial growth..."
Alcohol, ammonia, refrigeration and actually cleaning things. That's all it takes.
Don't know about you, but to me it looks like the root of the problem with the latest meat contamination scare (that really is scary because it has made people really and truly sick) looks to be the now fully-entrenched Harper government-driven strategy by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) towards a hands-off, government inspector-free 'self-regulation' of meat packing plantsby the meat packing companies themselves.
Put another way, it's like listeriosis all over again.
Which, in my opinion was driven by filthy meat cutters wherein the microbes were allowed to flourish as a direct result of the policies of the government of Stephen Harper.
But, even worse, it now appears that, in the latest case, the CFIA also held off on a recall announcement for almost a full two weeks after they knew there was a problem based on not one, but two, reports of E-Coli contamination in beef shipped by XL. And, in point of fact, it was only after the later 'inspector oversight' -based (ie. not company self-oversight) reports finally came in that the recall was finally ordered.
Now, the thing that gets me about all of this is that keeping E.Coli and Listeria out of food is not rocket science.
Or even complicated microbiology.
Because these are not super-resistant andromeda strains we're talking about here.
Instead, they are common variety bacteria.
Heckfire, even one click to the Wiki can tell you how to do the job:
Which means that, again in my opinion (and the opinion of the CMAJ in the case of the previous Listeria crisis at least), this comes down not to microbiology but instead to ideology.
As in Mr. Harper's ideology of self-regulation and self-inspection in the food industry*.
*And, it would appear, based on the building track-record of Mr. Harper and his government, of just about every other industry as well...