Table 1: Guideline levels for determining microbial quality of ready-to-eat food (Gulf Standards and NSW Food Authority).

Microbial groupsGoodAcceptable UnsatisfactoryUnacceptable and potentially dangerous

Aerobic mesophilic count<104104–<106≥106N/A
Total coliform count<102≥104N/A
S. aureus count<102103–<104≥104
PathogensNot detected in 25 g ofDetected in 25 g of