The sanitation surveillance system was developed with standards and follow-up actions as a part of an assurance program for microbiological safety in a university feeding system. The surveillance is based upon an adhesive contact and transfer tape system for surface monitoring and a micropore filter system for monitoring efficiency of the associated laundry operation. Results compiled from 3 years of operation generally show continued reductions in numbers of items testing below fully satisfactory. Specific systems of microbiological data analysis for detection of some mechanical or procedural breakdowns were developed. The overall cost for the entire laboratory part of the food safety assurance program was less than 0.5 cent per meal served.

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1Presented in a Seminar on Microbiology of Mass Feeding Systems held at the 75th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, New York, N.Y., April 27–May 2, 1975.