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#1 corcor55

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:46 PM

Hello all,

 

I work for a popcorn company who's main ingredients are corn kernels, salt, and various oils and seasonings. I've been doing some research online and it appears that the FDA and USDA do not have any specific microbiological criteria for foods in the US. There seems to be many studies and research, but no actual legislation. I was wondering if there was a comprehensive list of microbiological criteria for the US, or a foreign state. It seems that many countries have criteria, but mostly for Salmonella spp. and E. Coli, as well as ACC. If there is any established criteria on aflatoxins or coliform bacteria from the US or abroad, that would be extremely helpful as well. Thanks!!



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Posted 05 July 2018 - 09:56 PM

Hi corcor,

 

Assuming you are referring to RTE items part of yr OP is easily answered.

 

Salmonella spp, E.coli O157 (and some other O variants), L.monocytogenes are invariably (3rd one not absolutely sure but almost certain) classified as zero-tolerant microbial pathogenic species in any product.

 

There are also US specific quantitative legal micro. criteria for non-safety related characteristics like TPC, generic E.coli for certain other RTE items like ice-cream. But popcorn no idea.

 

afaik there is no comprehensive compilation of these various items for USA but it's not impossible.


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Posted 06 July 2018 - 12:59 AM

addendum

 

for aflatoxin see -

http://www.ifsqn.com...o-eat-products/

 

can also see this specific popcorn post/thead -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...ry/#entry105008

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Some "typical" compilations of micro. specifications of primaily RTE products are here -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com/forum/index.php/topic/32490-food-safety-plan-seeking-ingredient-hazards/#entry127333

(not US-specific)

 

I have extracted 4 more compilations from older threads, Issuing Countries as indicated -

 

Attached File  com1 - NACMCF-Micro.Criteria for Foods,USA,2015.pdf   1.73MB   122 downloads

Attached File  com2 - MICROBIAL GUIDELINES FOR RTE Foods,Canada,2010.pdf   922.18KB   71 downloads

Attached File  com3 - Compendium of Microbiological Criteria for Food,Australia,2016.pdf   1.02MB   60 downloads

Attached File  com4 - Micro.criteria for foodstuffs,GSO,2014.pdf   750.43KB   77 downloads

(thanks majoy, jel, et al)

Attached File  com5 - Microbiological Guidelines,RTE,Hong Kong,2014.pdf   1.55MB   25 downloads

Attached File  com6 - NSW,Australia,RTE,microbiological quality guide,2009.pdf   134.22KB   22 downloads(added 220219,thks KfromLA)

Attached File  com7 - microbiological-standards,RTE,Singapore,2017.pdf   227.27KB   28 downloads

(5-7 added 220219, thks KfromLA for"6")

 

(there is obviously some cross-borrowing in above files)

 

PS - you may also find these "popcorn" threads of interest -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...isk/?hl=popcorn

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...-haccp-hazards/


Edited by Charles.C, 22 February 2019 - 03:35 AM.
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