The European Commission amended since the 7th of February 2019, the regulation n° 2073/2005 concerning microbiological criteria for foodstuffs.


Changes are the following :

  • Addition of a new criteria Listeria monocytogenes on sprouted seeds
  • Food business operators manufacturing dried infant formulae or dried foods for special medical purposes intended for infants below six months, which pose a Cronobacter spp. risk shall monitor the processing areas and equipment for Enterobacteriaceae as part of their sampling scheme
  • At least every 5 years, alternative methods should be subject to reassessment through renewal procedures
  • Concerning detection method, the word « Absence » is replaced by « Not detected » (Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, …)
  • Some analytical method reference are replaced by new reference Salmonella, coagulase positive staphylococci, Enterobacter sakasakii, histamines, aerobic colony counting, Enterobacteriaceae, Cronobacter spp
  • Concerning unpasteurised fruit and vegetable juices (ready-to-eat), the word « unpasteurised » is explained (it means that the juice has not been subjected to pasteurisation obtained by time-temperature combinations or to other processes validated to achieve an equivalent bactericidal effect to pasteurisation as regards its effect on E.coli)

You could find the amending text on  the following link :


Please ask your AGROLAB sales contact or your customer service in the laboratory for any information.



Author: Serge Campagne