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Amendment of the Zoonoses Regulation

On 29 June 2020, the Fourth Regulation amending rules implementing Community legislation on food hygiene entered into force. In this course the Zoonoses Regulation was amended to cover zoonoses and zoonotic agents.


What are zoonoses?


Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonoses are caused by bacteria, parasites, fungi, prions or viruses. The transmission can take place through indirect contact such as food or directly through e.g. ticks and mosquitoes. Salmonella, for example, is a zoonosis that can be transmitted to humans through the consumption of animal food. Other zoonotic agents in food are:

  • Campylobacter
  • Listeria monocytogenes
  • Shigotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC/EHEC)
  • Yersenia enterocolitica


What has been changed in the Zoonoses Regulation?


  • Reportable results must now be submitted to the authorities immediately after they are known
  • Not reporting in time to the authority is an administrative offence
  • With immediate effect, the following analyses are also subject to reporting requirements and reserve samples must be taken:
    • Listeria monocytogenes in product leftovers from food or smear water in cheese production
    • Listeria monocytogenes from environmental testing of surfaces that may come into contact with ready-to-eat food e.g. work surfaces, piping systems or transport containers


To meet the requirements of the Zoonoses Regulation, bilacon offers all customers the following services FREE OF CHARGE:


  • Retained samples of foodstuffs are prepared with examination for zoonotic pathogens
  • In case of positive detection of zoonotic pathogens from foodstuffs, the reserve samples are kept for three months
  • In case of positive detection of zoonotic pathogens from food and environmental samples, the isolates are kept for three months


Get in touch with your contact person now and get advice:

Tobias Stapper
+49 30 206 038 370

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