Latest headlines

FSA revises E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination guidance

FSA revises E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination guidanceThe UK’s Food Standards Agency has issued an update to the E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination guidance to take into account research on the effectiveness of disinfecting complex equipment and the views of industry and local authority stakeholders.

The new guidance aims to provide greater flexibility on how businesses manage food safety risks and provide steps businesses should take in order to control cross-contamination between raw foods, that are a potential source of the bacteria, and ready-to-eat foods. FSA says adherence to the guidance will also help control other foodborne bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and other E. coli strains.

The guidance clarifies that businesses do not need separate areas for handling raw and ready-to-eat foods where they can demonstrate that separation by time with effective cleaning and disinfection will manage the risk of cross-contamination.

The guidance also says less complex equipment (such as probes, mixers and weighing scales) can be used for raw and ready-to-eat foods if the business can demonstrate the equipment will be properly cleaned and disinfected between uses.

More complex equipment (such as vacuum packers, slicers and mincers) can also be effectively cleaned and disinfected between use as long as  the machines are completely dismantled to allow all surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned.

FSA said the guidance is more user friendly, using a layout commonly found in industry guides to make it easier for businesses to follow and distinguish between legal requirements.

The revised guidance can be found here.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Jeremy Gerrard

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

FE October 2014 Cover

2014 October

The October 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores companies that have successfully grappled with "the new business reality" and are coming to terms with it being here to stay. Also, read about the work going on behind the scenes to keep FSMA on track.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.