Regulation (EU) 2019/229 amending Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs has been published recently.
This new text introduces the following changes:
– Addition of a safety criterion for Listeria monocytogenes in sprouted seeds.
– A clarification is added concerning the safety criterion for salmonella and the process hygiene criterion for E. coli in unpasteurised (ready-to-eat) fruit and vegetable juices: “The term “unpasteurised” means that the juice has not been pasteurised by a combination of time and temperature or other validated processes to achieve a bactericidal effect equivalent to pasteurisation with regard to its effect on Salmonella”.
– Updating reference methods for Salmonella, Cronobacter, Staphylococcal Enterotoxin, Histamine, Aerobic Colonies, Counting of Enterobacteria
– The term “Absence” is replaced by the term “Not detected” for the parameters Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, Cronobacter spp., Salmonella typhimurium, Salmonella enteridis, E. coli shiga-toxin producers (STEC) O157, O26, O111, O103, O145 and O104:H4
You will find this new regulation at the attached link: Regulation No. 2019/229. It has been applicable since 28 February 2019.
Please note that your Phytocontrol laboratory is able to carry out research for Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Histamine, Aerobic Colonies and Enterobacteriaceae under COFRAC accreditation. You can consult our COFRAC technical appendix N°1-6066 available in your customer area or on the COFRAC website.