Vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods guidance

Last updated:
30 January 2017
Updated guidance to help assess and minimise the risk of Clostridium botulinum in vacuum and modified atmosphere packed chilled foods.

Applies in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland

This information is for:

  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Local authority environmental health officers.

The updated FSA/FSS guidance document below has undergone a routine review and taken feedback and comments from stakeholders into account following the public consultation which closed on 30 June 2016. 

The guidance is intended to assist food businesses, including manufacturers and retailers of chilled vacuum packed and modified atmosphere packed (VP/MAP) foods in the practical development and implementation of a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) based approach for these foods. 

The guidance is also aimed at providing advice to help food law enforcement officers in carrying out their duties.