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Decree No. 4 of 1998 of the Ministry of Health on the allowable limits of microbiological contamination of foodstuffs.

Document type
Food & nutrition
Food additives Food quality control/food safety Hygiene/sanitary procedures Inspection Standards Processing/handling Packaging/labelling Offences/penalties Toxicity/poisoning
Geographical area
Eastern Europe, Europe, EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA, European Union Countries
Entry into force notes
First entry into force on 11 December 1998. the last consolidated version of the Decree entered into force on 10 July 2015.

Inspection of microbiological food safety is binding on foodstuffs, food additives, treated food, raw food and food ingredients specified in Article 2 of the Law No. XC of 1995 on foodstuffs; on the equipment and any surface and packaging material being in direct contact with food (technological agents); and on persons dealing with, handling or processing foodstuffs. Procedures of microbiological analyses and judgement of foodstuffs are set out in Annex 1. It contains rules of sampling, the list of compulsory analyses and limit values, and instructions for the evaluation of results. Distribution, utilization for human consumption, and, temporarily, the production of food must be prohibited when the contamination exceeds the limit values of micro-organisms or pathogens; when any kind of microtoxin is traceable in infant and dietary food; and if the food is very probably, on the basis of epidemiological inspection, contaminated by pathogenic micro-organism. Foodstuffs, which are not up to standards, may not be used for human consumption without transformation. Inspection of the equipment and technological agents, cleanliness of personnel is covered by Annex 3. Annex 4 proposes analyses and limit values for facultative internal quality control, which do not substitute official inspection.

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References - Legislation


Commission Regulation (EC) No. 2073/2005 on microbiological criteria for foodstuffs.

Legislation | 2005

Keyword: Food quality control/food safety, HACCP, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Processing/handling, Meat, Milk/dairy products, Vegetables/legumes, Fruits/edible nuts, Fish products, Packaging/labelling


Act XC of 1995 on food and implementing Joint Decree No. 1 of 1996 of the Ministries of Agriculture, of Public Welfare and of Industry and Commerce.

Legislation | Hungary | 1995

Keyword: Basic legislation, Food quality control/food safety, Codex Alimentarius, Fraud/deceit/adulteration, Hygiene/sanitary procedures, Internal trade, International trade, Processing/handling, Packaging/labelling, Authorization/permit, Standards, Inspection, Offences/penalties, HACCP, Tobacco



Decree No. 18 of 1995 of the Ministry of Public Welfare, amending Decree No. 6 of 1978 of the Ministry of Health on the prevention of microbiological contamination of foodstuffs.

Legislation | Hungary | 1995

Keyword: Standards, Toxicity/poisoning, Food quality control/food safety, MRL-maximum residue limit, Food additives, Hygiene/sanitary procedures