E. coli O157 control of cross-contamination: Guidance for food business operators and enforcement authorities

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This guidance is for food businesses of all sizes where both raw food and ready-to-eat foods are handled. Raw food in this context means raw meat and any raw ingredients that are potential sources of E. coli O157. Ready-to-eat foods are foods that will not be cooked or reheated before being eaten and include foods such as cooked meats, sandwiches, cheese, salads and desserts.

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on the steps that food businesses need to take in order to control cross-contamination between raw foods and ready-to-eat foods where E. coli O157 is a hazard. Businesses are required to produce safe food and this guidance is intended to assist businesses with meeting that duty.

Food Standards Agency
Food Standards Agency, UK