International Standard
ISO 7218:2024
Microbiology of the food chain — General requirements and guidance for microbiological examinations
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ISO 7218:2024
Edition 4
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ISO 7218:2024
Published (Edition 4, 2024)

ISO 7218:2024

ISO 7218:2024
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What is ISO 7218?

ISO 7218 is a standard that outlines general requirements and techniques for the microbiological examination of food and animal feeding stuffs. It provides a comprehensive framework for laboratories to conduct microbiological tests accurately and consistently. The standard covers everything from the preparation and handling of samples to the use of specific microbiological methods.

Why is ISO 7218 important?

ISO 7218 is crucial for ensuring the safety and quality of food products and animal feeds. By standardizing the microbiological testing processes, it helps laboratories detect pathogens and spoilage organisms effectively, thereby preventing foodborne illnesses and ensuring that products are safe for consumption. This standard is essential for food producers, regulators, and testing laboratories as it helps maintain public health and compliance with international food safety regulations.


  • Ensures accurate and reliable microbiological testing of food and animal feed
  • Enhances food safety by enabling effective detection of pathogens and spoilage organisms
  • Supports compliance with international food safety standards and regulations
  • Builds consumer confidence in food products and brands



Laboratories performing microbiological examinations, food producers, quality assurance personnel, and regulatory bodies involved in food safety and public health.

Key elements include sampling, preparation of test samples, microbiological culture techniques, identification methods, and quality assurance procedures to ensure consistent and accurate results.

ISO 7218 complements other food safety management standards by providing specific guidelines for microbiological testing, integral for verifying the effectiveness of food safety measures.

While ISO 7218 can be used as a standalone guideline for microbiological testing, it is most effective when integrated with broader food safety management systems such as ISO 22000, enhancing overall food safety protocols.

General information

  •  : Published
     : 2024-06
    : International Standard published [60.60]
  •  : 4
     : 80
  • ISO/TC 34/SC 9
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Sustainable Development Goals

This standard contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goal

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