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Food Standards as amended, taking into account amendments up to Food Standards (Proposal P1043 – Code Revision (2016)) Variation
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Registered 13 Apr 2017
Start Date 13 Apr 2017

Schedule 27           Microbiological limits in food

Note 1        This instrument is a standard under the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). The standards together make up the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. See also section 1.1.1—3.

                   Microbiological limits in food are regulated by subsection 1.1.1—11 and Standard 1.6.1. This Standard lists information for section 1.6.1—2 and subsection 1.6.1—3(2).

Note 2        The provisions of the Code that apply in New Zealand are incorporated in, or adopted under, the Food Act 2014 (NZ). See also section 1.1.1—3.

S27—1                Name

                            This Standard is Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Schedule 27 – Microbiological limits in food.

                                      Note    Commencement:
This Standard commences on 1 March 2016, being the date specified as the commencement date in notices in the Gazette and the New Zealand Gazette under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (Cth). See also section 93 of that Act.

S27—2                Definitions

Note                             In this Code (see section 1.1.2—2):

                                      SPC means a standard plate count at 30°C with an incubation time of 72 hours.

                            In this Schedule:

processed, in relation to egg product, means pasteurised or subjected to an equivalent treatment.

S27—4                Microbiological limits in food

                            For section 1.6.1—2, the table is:

Microbiological limits in food

Column 1

Column 2

(n)

Column 3

(c)

Column 4

(m)

Column 5

(M)

All cheese

Escherichia coli

5

1

10/g

102/g

Raw milk cheese

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Staphylococcal enterotoxins

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Soft and semi-soft cheese (moisture content > 39%) with pH > 5.0

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Dried milk

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Unpasteurised milk for retail sale

Campylobacter

5

0

not detected in 25 mL

 

Coliforms

5

1

102/mL

103/mL

Escherichia coli

5

1

3/mL

9/mL

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 mL

 

SPC

5

1

2.5x104/mL

2.5x105/mL

Packaged cooked cured/salted meat

Coagulase-positive staphylococci

5

1

102/g

103/g

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Packaged heat treated meat paste and packaged heat treated pâté

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

All comminuted fermented meat which has not been cooked during the production process

Coagulase-positive staphylococci

5

1

103/g

104/g

Escherichia coli

5

1

3.6/g

9.2/g

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Cooked crustacea

Coagulase-positive staphylococci

5

2

102/g

103/g

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

SPC

5

2

105/g

106/g

Raw crustacea

Coagulase-positive staphylococci

5

2

102/g

103/g

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

SPC

5

2

5x105/g

5x106/g

Bivalve molluscs, other than scallops

Escherichia coli

5

1

2.3/g

7/g

Ready-to-eat food in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes can occur

Listeria monocytogenes

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Ready-to-eat food in which growth of Listeria monocytogenes will not occur

Listeria monocytogenes

5

0

102cfu/g

 

Cereal-based foods for infants

Coliforms

5

2

less than 3/g

20/g

Salmonella

10

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Powdered *infant formula, other than powdered *follow-on formula

Cronobacter

30

0

not detected in 10g

 

Salmonella

60

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Powdered follow-on formula

Salmonella

60

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Pepper, paprika and cinnamon

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Dried, chipped, desiccated coconut

Salmonella

10

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Cocoa powder

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Cultured seeds and grains (bean sprouts, alfalfa etc)

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Processed egg product

Salmonella

5

0

not detected in 25 g

 

Mineral water

Escherichia coli

5

0

not detected in 100 mL

 

Packaged water

Escherichia coli

5

0

not detected in 100 mL

 

Packaged ice

Escherichia coli

5

0

not detected in 100 mL

 

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Application, saving and transitional provisions

The table below details information on application, saving or transitional provisions in instruments affecting this Standard.

 

Food Standards (Proposal P1039 – Microbiological Criteria for Infant Formula) Variation

Instrument items affected

A’ment No.

FRL registration

Gazette

Instrument’s transitional provision

Description of transitional arrangement

Items [1] and [2] of the Schedule

163

F2016L00784

12 May 2016

FSC105

19 May 2016

 

Clause 4

 

Clause 4 provides that section 1.1.1—9 of the Code does not apply to the variations.

Amendment History

The Amendment History provides information about each amendment to the Schedule The information includes commencement or cessation information for relevant amendments.

 

These amendments are made under section 92 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 unless otherwise indicated. Amendments do not have a specific date for cessation unless indicated as such.

 

About this compilation

 

This is compilation No. 3 of Schedule 27 as in force on 13 April 2017 (up to Amendment No. 168). It includes any commenced amendment affecting the compilation to that date.

 

Prepared by Food Standards Australia New Zealand on 13 April 2017.

 

Uncommenced amendments or provisions ceasing to have effect

 

To assist stakeholders, the effect of any uncommenced amendments or provisions which will cease to have effect, may be reflected in the Schedule as shaded boxed text with the relevant commencement or cessation date. These amendments will be reflected in a compilation registered on the Federal Register of Legislation including or omitting those amendments and provided in the Amendment History once the date is passed.

 

 

The following abbreviations may be used in the table below:

 

ad = added or inserted                                          am = amended

exp = expired or ceased to have effect                  rep = repealed

rs = repealed and substituted

 

Schedule 27 was published in the Food Standards Gazette No. FSC96 on 10 April 2015 as part of Amendment 154 (F2015L00453 –- 1 April 2015) and has since been amended as follows:

 

Section affected

A’ment No.

FRL registration

Gazette

Commencement

(Cessation)

How affected

Description of amendment

Sched heading

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

 

1 March 2016

 

am

Title of Standard previously included in the Code as part of P1017 and related cross-reference in Note 1.

27—1

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

 

1 March 2016

 

am

Title of Standard previously included in the Code as part of P1017.

Note to 27—2

163

F2016L00784

12 May 2016

FSC105

19 May 2016

 

19 May 2016

rs

Note.

For application, saving and transitional provisions, see above table.

 

27—3

163

F2016L00784

12 May 2016

FSC105

19 May 2016

 

19 May 2016

rep

Section.

For application, saving and transitional provisions, see above table.

 

27—4, table to 27—4

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

1 March 2016

 

am

Headings to section and related table included in the Code as part of P1017.

table to S27—4

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

1 March 2016

 

am

Entries relating to cooked crustacea and ready-to-eat foods included in the Code as part of P1017.

table to S27—4

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

1 March 2016

 

rep

Entries relating to butter, all raw milk cheese, raw milk unripened cheeses (moisture content > 50% with pH > 5.0) arising from P1022.

table to S27—4

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

1 March 2016

 

ad

Entry relating to raw milk cheese included in the Code as part of P1022.

table to S27—4

157

F2015L01374

1 Sept 2015

FSC99

3 Sept 2015

1 March 2016

 

rs

Entries relating to unpasteurised milk for retail sale and powdered infant formula products included in the Code as part of P1017.

table to S27—4

163

F2016L00784

12 May 2016

FSC105

19 May 2016

19 May 2016

rs

Entry relating to powdered infant formula products.

For application, saving and transitional provisions, see above table.

table to S27—4

168

F2017L00414

11 April 2017

FSC110

13 April 2017

 

13 April 2017

am

Corrections to typographical errors in the headings for powdered infant formula products and powdered follow-on formula.