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National Microbiological Surveillance 2002

Details of the four microbiological surveys undertaken in 2002 are outlined in Table 1. Topics for the first 3 surveys were agreed following consultation with Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) and the Official Food Microbiology Laboratories (OFMLs). The fourth survey was undertaken for the European Union (EU) as required under the EU Coordinated Programme for the Official Control of Foodstuffs and as specified in Commission Recommendation (2002/66/EC).

Table 1: National Microbiological Surveillance 2002

Period Topic Microbiological parameters tested
January - March 2002 Ice for cooling drinks
Executive Summary and Report
Escherichia coli 
April to June 2002 Pre-prepared and left over gravy
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Clostridium perfringens
Aerobic Colony Count
July & August 2002 Pre-packaged sandwiches
Executive Summary and Report
Listeria monocytogenes Staphylococcus aureus
The 4th survey was undertaken as part of the EU Coordinated Programme. There were 2 parts to this survey.
September – December 2002 Part 1: Microbiological quality of:
(i) pre-cut fresh fruits and vegetables
(ii) sprouted seeds and
(iii) fruit and vegetable juices (unpasteurised)

Part 2: Assessment of compliance with the HACCP element of Council Directive 93/43/EEC, in premises producing and/or selling these products
Executive Summary and Report
Salmonella spp.
Listeria monocytogenes


The FSAI would like to acknowledge the Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) from the various health boards for their work in sample collection and completion of questionnaires and the Official Food Microbiology Laboratories (OFMLs) for analysis of the samples.