Microbiological Standards and Guidelines

Includes links to a variety of microbiological standards, guidelines, and specifications developed by government agencies and industry. Also includes links to resources related to developing and interpreting microbiological criteria in food.
Research Projects Database - Microbiological Standards and Guidelines

Food Safety Research Information Office (National Agricultural Library [United States Department of Agriculture]).

Review current research projects from the Food Safety Research Information Office (FSRIO) database that deal with microbiological standards and guidelines.

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Books and Materials on Microbiological Standards and Guidelines in the NAL Catalog (AGRICOLA)

National Agricultural Library (United States Department of Agriculture).

Searchable database for resources available to persons interested in information on microbiological standards and guidelines.

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European Commission.

Document that outlines regulations regarding microbiological criteria in food. Includes food safety criteria, microbiological limits for pathogenic bacteria and aerobic plate counts (APC), process hygiene criteria, and rules for sampling and preparation of test samples.

Center for Produce Safety (United States).

The purpose of this white paper is to briefly identify where a microbiological testing program may be useful and considerations to take for designing and implementing a program.

American Meat Institute (United States).

This online fact sheet provides an overview of microbiological testing and how it impacts the meat and poultry industries.