Food – microbiological guidelines

Standard 1.6.1 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Code) details the maximum acceptable levels of food-borne microorganisms that pose a risk to human health for specific foods including smallgoods, ice-cream and cheese; however, the Code does not make reference to all food poisoning bacteria or provide guidance for ready-to-eat foods such as sandwiches, cakes, salads and meals at the point of sale.

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand Guidelines for the microbiological examination of ready-to-eat foods (external site) have been developed to provide insight into the microbiological limits for ready-to-eat foods that are not covered in the Code, and techniques for testing.

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