The American Meat Institute Foundation has launched a multi-year, multi-million dollar "Food Safety Initiative" intended to find ways the industry can reduce and ultimately eliminate Listeria monocytogenes (L.m.) from ready-to-eat products and E.coli 0157:H7 from beef.

The board has identified more than $5 million in research and related projects to be conducted over the next two years.

To reduce and ultimately eliminate E.coli the foundation is focusing initially upon improved microbiological testing techniques. To reduce and ultimately eliminate L.m. from ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, the foundation is focusing first upon new sanitation techniques, anti-bacterial ingredients and optimal post-packaging pasteurization processes.