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#51 LachelleOMP

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Posted 19 November 2018 - 02:28 AM

Does anyone have an update to this



#52 Cobus

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 06:14 AM

Hi

Thanks for the info. Good to see our country features on the list. The problem that I have with our legislation is that it does not specify pathogens. So what happens is the allowed 100 CFU happens to be Listeria?



#53 MsMars

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 08:39 PM

Hi

Thanks for the info. Good to see our country features on the list. The problem that I have with our legislation is that it does not specify pathogens. So what happens is the allowed 100 CFU happens to be Listeria?

 

It's a good consideration.  However, I think these guidelines are generally for validation of cleaning. If you are RTE and have a Listeria concern, you should also be doing in-process testing and/or finished product testing, which would tell you whether or not you actually have a Listeria problem. 

 

Edit: I should add that if you are RTE or similar, you should also be doing environmental monitoring for pathogens such as Listeria.


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#54 Charles.C

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 01:35 PM

Hi

Thanks for the info. Good to see our country features on the list. The problem that I have with our legislation is that it does not specify pathogens. So what happens is the allowed 100 CFU happens to be Listeria?

 

Hi Cobus,

 

Just for accuracy, I suspect 100cfu(/gm?) is unlikely to refer to Listeria. Possibly L.monocytogenes.

 

And, similar to MsMars comments, the "100cfu" probably refers to a product, not a surface ??


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Posted 16 April 2019 - 03:31 PM

Thanks for this great reference Charles!



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Posted 23 April 2019 - 10:20 AM

Dear All,

I previously posted a table of various micro. guidelines for food contact surfaces which were mostly issued pre-2000 at this link –

http://www.ifsqn.com...dpost__p__22352

To update the earlier info., the attached excel file presents guideline data I have accumulated for 12 countries issued in the period 2000 – 2012. The compilation demonstrates that for a range of food-related scenarios, some “average” opinions for various (just) cleaned surfaces are –

(a) For Aerobic Plate Count (APC) - the majority of data suggests that, for routine cleaning/sanitising, surfaces typically have maximum APC counts in the range 10-100cfu/cm2 .
(b) For factors like Coliform, (generic) E.coli, Enterobacteriaceae, S.aureus, the expected maxima are, predictably, low, eg 1-10 cfu/cm2, or undetected. The latter requirement also invariably applies for “zero-tolerance” pathogenic microbial species.

Hopefully of some interest. Further input / comments welcome as usual.

attachicon.gif Compilation of International Micro. Guidelines for food contact surfaces, 2000 onwards.xls

Rgds / Charles.C

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