Other Legal Microbiological Criteria
Limits for E. coli, plate counts at 30oC and somatic cell counts in raw milk are set in Regulation (EC) No 853/2004 laying down specific hygiene rules for food of animal origin.
The basic standards governing the quality of drinking water intended for human consumption are set out in Council Directive 98/83/EC. This Directive sets limits for various microbiological parameters in drinking water including that offered for sale in bottles or containers.
Microbiological limits specific to natural mineral water are set in Directive 2009/54/EC on the exploitation and marketing of natural mineral waters.
Imports of Food of Non-animal Origin
The EU considers imports of certain foods of non-animal origin from certain Third countries as ‘high risk’ because of a known or emerging risk, usually due to chemical or microbiological contamination. These high risk foods are subject to an increased level of official controls, including laboratory analysis, at the point of entry into the EU. The high risk foods and controls in place are listed in Commission Regulation (EC) No 669/2009, as amended. This Regulation is updated frequently to take account of changes in risk.
Live Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas
Regulation (EC) No 854/2004, as amended, sets limits for E. coli in live bivalve molluscs which are used by competent authorities to classify live bivalve mollusc production and relaying areas. Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 sets legal limits for Salmonella and E. coli in live bivalve molluscs placed on the market.
Last reviewed: 27/6/2018