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Food Standards Agency guidance

The Agency has produced guidance and a factsheet to help minimise the risk of Clostridium botulinum in vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods. The guidance is designed to assist small businesses and local authority environmental health officers assess the risks.

Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) guidance

The ACMSF published guidance in 1992 on the hazards and controls associated with vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods. This online course contains a summary of information and extracts from the guidance. Current advice can be found in the Food Standards Agency guidance at the link above.

Other guidance

Other related guidance is available. Please note that these publications are not free.

Classroom-based training

Further information on vacuum and modified atmosphere packing can be obtained from a one-day training course, provided by the Agency. This is one of the training courses provided for food law enforcement officers.

See further information about training for enforcement officers.

Other online training

The Agency has developed food allergy online training for which might be of interest to anyone wanting to learn more about food allergy as well as enforcement officers. The training can be found at: