UK food industry and UK and Australian research organisations have produced this guidance, which is designed to ensure that sufficient information is provided by Food Business Operators and laboratories to arrive at valid decisions regarding the shelf life of chilled foods in relation to non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum. The Guidelines are intended to also support FBOs when challenged by Competent Authorities.
The Guidelines summarise in an accessible way:
- How Food Business Operators should establish shelf life in relation to non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum,
- What needs to be considered and what actions need to be taken to determine whether challenge testing is appropriate before contacting a laboratory,
- Global best laboratory practice in the design of challenge testing with non-proteolyticClostridium botulinum in order to give valid scientific data, and
- How to use these data to establish safe shelf life with respect to non-proteolyticClostridium botulinum
Considering the importance and prestige of the sources and the completeness of the document, ECFF Members have endorsed the Guidelines as a valid tool for the chilled Sector.