India: Microbiological Criteria for Milk & Meat Proposed by FSSAI

On 31 August, 2015 FSSAI published draft regulations on microbiological criteria, inviting interested members from WTO - SPS (World Trade Organization-Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures) to submit their comments and suggestions.

The proposed draft regulations relate to microbiological requirements that can be found in Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, in APPENDIX B. Milk and dairy products are listed in Table 2 in the current regulations, while meat and meat products are proposed to be placed after Table 4, as Table 5, according to the draft. In the regulations currently in force, meat and meat products are not listed.

More information on sampling plan at the point of production at retailers, limits (CFU), interpretation of results and reference test methods can be found here:

Stakeholders' comments and suggestion on new microbiological criteria can be sent to:, within sixty days from the notification in WTO, or before November 3, 2015.