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Managing the Risk of Staphylococcal Food Poisoning from Cream-Filled Baked Goods To Meet a Food Safety Objective

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The International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF) has recently proposed a scheme for the management of microbial hazards for foods that involves the concept of food safety objectives (FSOs). FSOs are intended to specify the maximum levels of hazardous agents required to meet a given public health goal. This scheme offers flexibility for the food industry in terms of allowing the use of alternative but equivalent means for achieving a given FSO. This paper illustrates the application of the ICMSF model via the analysis of the microbiological hazard of Staphylococcus aureus in cream-filled baked goods. Cream-filled baked goods have a notorious history as vehicles for foodborne illness, particularly staphylococcal food poisoning. Although the numbers of cases reported in the United States and Europe have declined in recent years, staphylococcal food poisoning may be much more common than is recognized, particularly in other countries. The ICMSF principles for setting FSOs and the use of performance criteria, process criteria, and validation in relation to hazard analysis critical control point and good hygiene practice plans for managing S. aureus in cream-filled baked goods are described.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Food Science Australia, P.O. Box 52, North Ryde, New South Wales 1670, Australia 2: Department of Food Science, Rutgers University, 65 Dudley Road, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8520, USA

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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