Relating microbiological criteria to food safety objectives and performance objectives

M. van Schothorst, M.H. Zwietering, T. Ross, R.L. Buchanan, M.B. Cole

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Microbiological criteria, food safety objectives and performance objectives, and the relationship between them are discussed and described in the context of risk-based food safety management. A modified method to quantify the sensitivity of attributes sampling plans is presented to show how sampling plans can be designed to assess a microbiological criterion. Examples presented show that testing of processed foods for confirmation of safety is often not a practical option, because too many samples would need to be analysed. Nonetheless, in such cases the classical ¿ICMSF cases¿ and sampling schemes still offer a risk-based approach for examining food lots for regulatory or trade purposes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-979
JournalFood Control
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • Food safety objective
  • Microbiological criteria
  • Sampling plan


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