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#1 Gregh0902

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Posted 20 January 2021 - 10:29 AM

Hi, we have in place a micro testing program for raw meat and poultry which is to be cooked. I am reviewing the criteria, but can only find recommendations for Minced meat and meat preparations, not for muscle cuts e.g, Steaks, chicken breast, diced beef etc... Chicken only states criteria for salmonella, no TVC or enteros limits. I am trying to test chilled shelf life of a range of retail meat packs and get micro limits to work to and what we need to test against. Any advice much appreciated. Greg.



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Posted 20 January 2021 - 11:18 AM

Hi,

 

We have in place a micro testing program for raw meat and poultry which is to be cooked. I am reviewing the criteria, but can only find recommendations for Minced meat and meat preparations, not for muscle cuts e.g, Steaks, chicken breast, diced beef etc... Chicken only states criteria for salmonella, no TVC or enteros limits.

 

I am trying to test chilled shelf life of a range of retail meat packs and get micro limits to work to and what we need to test against.

 

Any advice much appreciated.

 

Greg.

 

Hi Greg,

 

afaik, the only UK official, published, Micro. Guidelines for retail foods are for RTE products.

 

Nonetheless, specific customer (raw) specifications (eg Tesco) may well exist and occasionally I recall seeing some random Organizational micro. specifications like "receiving raw pork meat".

 

The only obvious requirements might, as usual, be non-detection of zero-tolerant pathogens albeit survey data typically shows such routine claims to likely be optimistic/a myth.

 

PS - I have collected many of the (global) micro compilations referenced on this forum (which includes some non-RTE materials) at the 2-links noted in this post -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...to/#entry168274

 

Maybe something of interest.

 

I also recall there are a few (older) Tesco micro specs within another thread here. If of interest I can probably "dig" it/them out,

 

PPS - after a little searching, this archived material may be of some interest although I daresay you have seen it already -

 

Attached File  MIG - chapter13-microbiological-criteria-final_version-2_2-1.pdf   864.03KB   12 downloads

 

P3S - And one more which is ageing (2006) but afaik remains the current (pre-Brexit anyway) version -

 

Attached File  BRC_CFA_Micro_Criteria_Guidance_Ed_1.2.pdf   1.54MB   10 downloads


Edited by Charles.C, 20 January 2021 - 12:21 PM.
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Posted 20 January 2021 - 01:20 PM

This is NOT UK specific, but may still be of some help-

 

Canada used this https://www.inspecti...9760663694#a1_3  as the pathogen requirements 

 

At least its a starting point and scientifically validated information


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