Food Survey Reports 2003-2004

July 2003 - June 2004

Objective

Determine the bacteriological status of ready-to-eat food products available on the ACT market.

Determine the compliance of these products to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Draft Guidelines for the Microbiological Examination of Ready-to-Eat Foods.

Background

"Ready-to-Eat" (RTE) food is food that is ordinarily consumed in the same state as that in which it is sold or distributed and does not include nuts in the shell and whole, raw fruits and vegetables that are intended for hulling, peeling or washing by the consumers." 1

Sandwiches, rolls, stir-fries, baked goods as well as various other RTE foods are widely available in approximately 450 establishments of which 250 are considered to be of higher risk. Due to the diverse nature and popularity of these foods it was considered prudent to perform ongoing surveys on these products in conjunction with the Health Protection Service Premises Auditing Program of high-risk retail, food establishments.

Ready to Eat Survey Report 2003-2004