Enforcement by Competent Authorities

Competent authorities must verify that food business operators comply with legislation relevant to their food business. This includes Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005.  The FSAI’s Guidance Note 27 comes with a checklist to assist enforcement officers to assess a food business operator’s compliance with the Regulation.  The checklist guides enforcement officers to look at how a food business operator has:

  1. Identified relevant criteria
  2. Sampled and tested food
  3. Taken action if test results were unsatisfactory
  4. Analysed trends in test results
  5. Conducted environmental monitoring
  6. Complied with the Regulation’s labelling requirement for minced meat and meat preparations
  7. Demonstrated compliance with criteria throughout the shelf-life

Enforcement officers need to consider each food businesses on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the type of activities they carry out, when assessing compliance with this Regulation.

EU Guidance on official controls
Guidance on official sampling, requirements of official laboratories, analysis methods to be used for official samples and interpretation of microbiological analysis results is available in the EU (2008) Guidance Note on official controls, under Regulation (EC) No 882/2004, concerning microbiological sampling and testing of foodstuffs.
The document also explains the link between Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 as well as the link between Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 and Regulation (EC) No 178/2002

Last reviewed: 6/2/2015

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