Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has proposed the establishment of criteria regarding microbiological limits applicable to infant formulas.
FSANZ’s Proposal P1039 would set microbiological limits for cronobacter and salmonella in powdered infant formulas, and limits for salmonella in powdered follow-on infant formulas. These food safety limits would be applicable to finished products, from the completion of product packaging up to the point where the package is open. Additional process hygiene criteria are specified for mesophilic aerobic bacteria and enterobacteriaceae, and would be applicable during the manufacturing process.
According to FSANZ, the reason for the proposed criteria is to bring its current requirements in line with international standards established by the Codex Alimentarius, current scientific knowledge and best practice manufacturing processes.
If approved, the new microbiologic limits would impose additional testing requirements on manufacturers of all types of infant formula products.
The complete text of FSANZ’s proposal to establish microbiological criteria for infant formula is available here.