Nutrition and food safety

Microbiological food safety

The microbiological food safety includes all activities associated with the identification and characterization of microbiological hazards (both pathogenic bacteria and viruses), as the development of analytical methodologies and sampling plans, and the adequate levels of self-control plans among food business operators.

The Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) develops and guarantees those activities through its national reference laboratories and centers.

The ISS also evaluates the microbiological risk in all food productive chain and guarantees determination by a third party in case of a controversy on compliance of food with legal requirements for microbiological criteria.

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