Hazard data sheets

Hazard data sheets for microorganisms and chemicals help control foodborne illness and support food safety procedures within the industry.

About hazard data sheets

Hazard data sheets comprise:

  • pathogen data sheets
  • chemical information sheets
  • Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) hazard information.

Pathogen data sheets and the FSANZ hazard information describe:

  • microbial pathogens
  • conditions that support or prevent their growth
  • the means to control them and the illnesses they cause. 

Chemical information sheets provide scientific information about the safety of chemicals in food. They describe the compounds, their sources and potential health effects. They also estimate the likelihood of dietary exposure to the chemicals, how safe they are and what safety or regulatory limits should be considered.

Preparation of hazard data sheets

Pathogen data sheets and chemical information sheets are prepared for MPI by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) and are updated when significant new scientific information becomes available. Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) also prepares pathogen information sheets.

How hazard data sheets are used

Food industry associations, food businesses and food safety consultants use this information to help understand the hazards they need to control in their, or their client's, food processes. The hazard data sheets provide essential information for businesses developing programmes based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).

The information is also useful to regulators when developing requirements for risk-based food control programmes and for approved auditors when assessing the safety of food processes.

Find out more

To learn more about pathogen data sheets and chemical information sheets, and to access the data sheets, refer to:

To get access to the FSANZ hazard information, refer to:

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Pathogen data sheets

Pathogen data sheets give information about the microbial hazards in food and how they are contolled.

Pathogen data sheets give scientific information about the growth, survival and inactivation of pathogens in foods. They also document their reservoirs and sources of contamination, diseases they cause, and how they can be controlled.

 

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Listeria Monocytogenes
Information paper
Salmonella typhi science research
Fact sheet
Campylobacter
Guidance
Hepatitis A virus - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Giardia intestinalis - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC)
Report
Non-Typhoid Salmonellae
Information paper
Scombroid (Histamine) poisoning
Information paper
Review of microbial pathogen inactivation relevant to sous vide cooking at temperatures below 55°C
Technical paper
Toxoplasma gondii - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Staphylococcus aureus - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Shigella - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Yersinia enterocolitica - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Vibrio vulnificus - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Vibrio parahaemolyticus - Microbial pathogen data sheet
Fact sheet
Bacillus cereus spore forming
Guidance

Chemical information sheets

You can find the following information on a chemical information sheet:

  • a description of the chemical compound and its sources
  • the potential health effects
  • the likelihood of it occurring in the diet and how safe it is
  • whether safety and/or regulatory limits need to be set.

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Acrylamide in New Zealand food and updated exposure assessment
Technical paper
An Evidence-Based Approach to Reviewing the Science on the Safety of Chemicals in Foods
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Aspartame information sheet
Fact sheet
Bisphenol A - Information sheet
Fact sheet
Chemical food safety — Acrylamide in New Zealand food
Report
Cyanogenic Glycosides - Information sheet
Information paper
Glucosinolates - Information sheet
Fact sheet
Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) - Information sheet
Fact sheet
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - Information sheet
Fact sheet
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