The dilemma of regulatory testing of dairy foods in Australia: minimising risk to the public while avoiding unnecessary regulatory burden

D.W. Eddy and I.N. Haynes,     Dairy Food Safety Victoria, Australia


For food safety regulators, ensuring that that the public are protected from unsafe food products is a given expectation. But what constitutes being ‘unsafe’? The presence of a microbial pathogen alone does not determine that the product is unsafe. The level of a microbial pathogen and the characteristics of the dairy food in which it is contained will determine whether the microbe will die, survive or be able to grow and reach numbers that could constitute an infectious dose at the point of consumption. Susceptibility of ...

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