Ready-to-eat foods: microbiological safety assessment guidelines

Public Health England, previously Health Protection Agency, examines foods from local and port health authorities to help safeguard consumer health.


Guidelines for assessing the microbiological safety of ready-to-eat foods placed on the market

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These foods include samples submitted for surveillance and monitoring, for official control purposes, and those tested as part of outbreak investigations.

Food within the scope of the revised guidelines includes ready-to-eat food sampled within the retail chain, eg retail, wholesale, distribution and food service sectors (as defined by Regulation (EC) No. 178/200210).

These guidelines focuses on public health and consumer protection.

Published 1 November 2009