FSANZ is reviewing the microbiological limits in the Food Standards Code taking into account changes that have occurred since they were established more than 10 years ago.
The review is considering recent scientific evidence and the development of preventative measures throughout the food chain, including food safety standards and primary production and processing standards.
FSANZ assessed whether existing criteria were consistent with associated guidance material and whether the criteria aligned with international standards. References to prescribed methods of analysis in the standard were also updated.
Next stage of the review
The next stage of the review will look at what microbiological criteria are required in food safety management and for what purpose. For example, microbiological criteria may be established to:
This approach will support the through-chain requirements in Chapters 3 and 4 of the Code and take into account existing guideline criteria e.g. criteria in the Guide to Standard 1.6.1 and Guidelines for the microbiological examination of ready-to-eat foods.
FSANZ will release a consultation paper outlining the approach and guiding principles for this work in late 2014.
Criteria for raw milk products are being developed through Proposal P1022
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