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NMSU, NMDA food protection center receives grant to create listeria control specialists in New Mexico

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Funding awarded through USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

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LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center (the Center) at New Mexico State University has been awarded a United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant titled “Creating Listeria Control Specialists in New Mexico Packing Houses and Processing Plants” in an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in New Mexico through an increased understanding of the threats to food from microbial hazards. Managers from packing houses and processing plants in New Mexico may enroll in the “Listeria Control Specialist Certificate Program” and become the local expert for controlling listeria monocytogenes in their facilities.

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