Overview – hazard data sheets

Pathogen and chemical data sheets provide information about the potential microbial and chemical hazards in food, and their control. If you’re new, start here.

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.

What you will find here

The section about hazard data sheets is split into various sub-sections. Most pages contain links to the data sheets. Use the menu on the left to find your way around.

You can find more information in the following sub-sections:

  • Pathogen data sheets – find links here to MPI’s pathogen data sheets.
  • Chemical information sheets – find links here to MPI’s chemical information sheets.
  • FSANZ hazard information – download information about common pathogens from the FSANZ website.
  • What’s new – check this page regularly for important updates relevant to Food science & research.

Related information

Information specific to hazard data sheets is contained in this section. If you want to find out how this scientific work is implemented within New Zealand’s food industry, refer to the Industry requirements and Policy & law sections of the website.

Industry requirements

Policy & law

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