Listeria monocytogenes

The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes is well known in western countries as a major cause of food poisoning. It reproduces at low temperatures and causes food poisoning mainly through ingestion of unheated food. Although only one case of suspected Listeria food poisoning has ever been reported in Japan, previous studies have shown that tuna minced with Welsh onion leaves and fish roe products are widely contaminated with the bacteria and that the Listeria risk of these foodSTAFFs needs to be investigated. In our laboratory, we have been carrying out research focusing on Listeria over the past few years, and we have carried out a comprehensive evaluation of the Listeria risk of these foodSTAFFs. The results of the research carried out in our laboratory to date are summarized in the papers shown below.


2011:Takahashi, H; Kuramoto, S; Miya, S; Koiso, H; Kuda, T; Kimura, B
Use of commercially available antimicrobial compounds for prevention of Listeria monocytogenes growth in ready-to-eat minced tuna and salmon roe during shelf life.
Journal of food protection 2011;74(6):994-8.

2011:Yuphakhun Chaturongkasumrit, Hajime Takahashi, Suwimon Keeratipibul, Takashi Kuda, Bon Kimura
The effect of polyesterurethane belt surface roughness on Listeria monocytogenes biofilm formation and its cleaning efficiency.
Food Control 22:1893-1899.

2010:Shigenobu Koseki, Yoshiko Takizawa, Satoko Miya, Hajime Takahashi, Bon Kimura
Modeling and Predicting the Simultaneous Growth of Listeria monocytogenes and Natural Flora in Minced Tuna.
Journal of Food Protection, 74, 176–187.

2010:Takahashi Hajime, Kuramoto Shintaro, Miya Satoko, and Kimura Bon
Desiccation survival of Listeria monocytogenes and other potential foodborne pathogens on stainless steel surfaces is affected by different food soils.
Food Control, in press.
2010:Takahashi H; Suda T; Tanaka Y; Kimura B
Cellular hydrophobicity of Listeria monocytogenes involves initial attachment and biofilm formation on the surface of polyvinyl chloride.
Letters in applied microbiology 2010;50(6):618-25.
2010:Miya Satoko; Takahashi Hajime; Ishikawa Tatsuya; Fujii Tateo; Kimura Bon
Risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination of raw ready-to-eat seafood products available at retail outlets in Japan.
Applied and environmental microbiology 2010;76(10):3383-6.
2009:Takahashi Hajime; Miya Satoko; Igarashi Kazunori; Suda Takayuki; Kuramoto Shintaro; Kimura Bon
Biofilm formation ability of Listeria monocytogenes isolates from raw ready-to-eat seafood.
Journal of food protection 2009;72(7):1476-80.
2008:Miya Satoko; Kimura Bon; Sato Miki; Takahashi Hajime; Ishikawa Tatsuya; Suda Takayuki; Takakura Chikako; Fujii Tateo; Wiedmann Martin
Development of a multilocus variable-number of tandem repeat typing method for Listeria monocytogenes serotype 4b strains.
International journal of food microbiology 2008;124(3):239-49.
2007:Takahashi Hajime; Handa-Miya Satoko; Kimura Bon; Sato Miki; Yokoi Asami; Goto Seitaro; Watanabe Itaru; Koda Takashi; Hisa Kazuo; Fujii Tateo
Development of multilocus single strand conformation polymorphism (MLSSCP) analysis of virulence genes of Listeria monocytogenes and comparison with existing DNA typing methods.
International journal of food microbiology 2007;118(3):274-84.
2007:Handa-Miya Satoko; Kimura Bon; Takahashi Hajime; Sato Miki; Ishikawa Tatsuya; Igarashi Kazunori; Fujii Tateo
Nonsense-mutated inlA and prfA not widely distributed in Listeria monocytogenes isolates from ready-to-eat seafood products in Japan.
International journal of food microbiology 2007;117(3):312-8.
2006:Kimura Bon
Recent advances in the study of the genotypic diversity and ecology of Listeria monocytogenes.
Microbes and Environments., 21, 69-77.
2005:Handa Satoko; Kimura Bon; Takahashi Hajime; Koda Takashi; Hisa Kazuo; Fujii Tateo
Incidence of Listeria monocytogenes in raw seafood products in Japanese retail stores.
Journal of food protection 2005;68(2):411-5.