Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005

Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005, as amended, sets legal microbiological criteria for a range of foods.  The aim of the Regulation is to enhance food safety and to facilitate fair trade by harmonising microbiological criteria that can be used to assess the acceptability of food.

In this section you will find information and guidance on the following areas:

Food Categories and Criteria Type

How do Food Business Operators Comply?

Sampling Frequency

Environmental Monitoring


Enforcement by Competent Authorities

Last reviewed: 15/3/2022

Approved Food Establishments 


Food Labelling