In Pisa the new regional reference center for Listeria monocytogenes

The new Regional reference center for Listeria monocytogenes of human and animal origin in the field of food safety and veterinary public health. Based on the provision, the new Center will activate a collaboration network between the laboratories of the Tuscany Region and new intervention protocols aimed at strengthening the regional role in the context of prevention in food safety.

“The assignment of these new tasks to our organization – declares Andrea Leto, general manager of the organization – allows a punctual and continuous territorial control activity, recognizes the technical specialization of the laboratories and the high competence of the staff of the Institute. Listeria monocytogenes – continues Leto – in the context of foodborne pathogens, constitutes one of the greatest risks for public health, which is why it is subjected to national and supranational monitoring in order to define health strategies based on a molecular epidemiology approach “.

The Institute has developed structures aimed at activities capable of integrating epidemiological and laboratory surveillance for a capillary preventive action against communicable diseases, the UOT Toscana Nord of Pisa of the IZSLT has instrumentation, analytical and diagnostic skills that allow the microbiological and molecular characterization of isolated pathogens (molecular typing and genomic sequencing), both of veterinary and human origin, as part of the activities of Official Food Control and Diagnostics of Foodborne Diseases, also making use of the high performance carried out by the laboratories of the IZSLT Headquarters (WGS Whole Genome Sequencing).

The CRR will develop a contact network with the National Reference Laboratory for Listeria monocytogenes, identified at the Experimental Zooprophylactic Institute of Abruzzo and Molise; the ECDC Operational Contact Point for listeriosis at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità; the CeRRTA, the Regional Center for Food Toxic Infections of the Tuscany Region with which consolidated relationships already exist.

The main purposes of the Center include:
– Collaboration and support in the preparation and monitoring of targeted sampling plans for the search for Listeria monocytogenes in foods of animal origin;
– Participation in coordination activities of the actions and roles of the regional health structures operating in the field of Food Safety;
– Support for the planning and execution of training activities in the field of Veterinary Public Health, with particular reference to aspects of applied epidemiology;
– Information to the community on risk factors related to foodborne diseases (STDs) and on the correct management of food; scientific dissemination on epidemiological investigations of territorial events of interest to the scientific and medical community, national ed
– Monitoring of citizens’ perception of the level of coordinated service offered by regional structures to the population, in terms of prevention and treatment of MTA cases.