Surface sampling

Guide on best practises for surface sampling in the food industry


This guide is available in French and English.


Since the EGalim Law came into effect, manufacturers have been required to notify inspection services of major microbiological nonconformities in their finished products or work environment. In order to ensure good hygiene in industrial environments, it is crucial to implement cleaning and disinfection procedures. The safety of food products depends on the effectiveness of these operations. Effectiveness must be measured in terms of visual, microbiological and chemical cleanliness. In order to provide support for professionals, the partners of the Actia Chlean joint technological network have written a guide featuring recommendations and information on the various surface sampling techniques.


Christophe Hermon -
Graziella Midelet - graziella.
Catherine Denis -

The following people contributed to preparing this guide
Stéphane André -
Anne-Laure Boutillier -
Thomas Brauge -
Bastien Frémaux -
Morgan Guilbaud -
Christine Faille -
Nadia Oulahal -
Nicolas Rossi -
Christophe Soumet -