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Changed on: 13.04.2017

Ice cream is subject to intensive examinations in Austria during the summer months. Approximately 1,000 samples are taken and analysed in Austria every year. The ice cream is mainly tested for pathogens and dirt. Tests from recent years show: ice cream is a safe food. About 10 percent of the samples are complained about for hygiene reasons (dirt); germs and pathogens are, however, very rare.
No ice cream sample from commercial production has been classified as a health hazard due to germs since 2008.

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Ice cream is subject to intensive examinations in Austria during the summer months. Approximately 1,000 samples are taken and analysed in Austria every year. The ice cream is mainly tested for pathogens and dirt. Tests from recent years show: ice cream is a safe food. About 10 percent of the samples are complained about for hygiene reasons (dirt); germs and pathogens are, however, very rare.
No ice cream sample from commercial production has been classified as a health hazard due to germs since 2008.

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Examinations

Examinations

Ninety-five (9.5 %) samples of a total of 999 were complained about in 2014. None of the samples posed a health risk. Sixteen samples (1.6 %) exclusively from small-scale production were considered unfit for human consumption.  Fourteen of these samples showed increased bacterial contamination, while two samples showed an increased amount of quaternary ammonium compounds, which are found in cleansing products and disinfectants and can find their way into the ice cream if the equipment is not rinsed with enough water after cleaning. The main reason for the complaints was a contamination with Enterobacteriaceae (7 of 999 samples; 7.0 %).

Enterobacteriaceae are a group of mostly mobile bacillus bacteria. They also include coliform bacteria with Escherichia coli as typical faeces bacteria, salmonella, but also many bacteria harmless to humans (Source: Food Safety Report 2014).


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