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Microbiology Proficiency Scheme 2018

                                     Price List 2018/9                                              New Tests for 2018/9


Fapas has been the global leader in proficiency testing for the food and beverage sector for nearly 30 years with over 4,500 customers in over 120 countries. Being part of Fera Science Ltd, we have access to a wealth of expertise underpinned with organising over 400 proficiency tests every year with high levels of participation, giving you the trust you need in robust analytical data to allow you to make evidence-based business decisions.

Food Microbiology

  • We offer a flexible programme of 10 Food Microbiology distributions a year
  • Real food samples with target organisms and background flora
  • Proficiency Tests for detection and enumeration
  • We have a 9 day testing window available
  • Samples are sent by courier worldwide in a controlled environment
  • Each test receives rigorous statistical analysis with clear feedback
  • Comprehensive reports give information on microbiological methods used by other participants


New Targeted Food Microbiology Proficiency Tests to Support Industry


Listeria monocytogenes Enumeration in Smoked Fish Product

listeria in smoked fish

Smoked fish is consumed extensively all over the world. This foodstuff, due to its characteristics, may be subject to large amounts of natural contaminants. This adds flavour and gives distinct unique selling points from which to ensure significant financial reward or producers. Yet also creates a relative risk of illness from bacterial contamination due to manufacture conditions, which can lead to illness for the consumer. This quantitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability for the enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes in smoked fish.

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Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in ready meals

Listeria in Ready Meals

Cases of listeriosis are also increasing among the elderly and young to middle aged women, with ready-to-eat meals and more stringent monitoring systems in EU member states thought to be responsible, recently reported from EFSA. With this in mind, Fapas have developed this qualitative proficiency test which focuses on the detection of the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in a ready to eat (RTE) meal.

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Campylobacter in chicken (enumeration)

Campylobacter in chicken

Campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the UK. About four in five cases of campylobacter food poisoning in the UK come from contaminated poultry, especially chicken. One of the main ways to get and spread campylobacter poisoning is through cross-contamination from raw chicken. This is a quantitative PT testing your ability to enumerate Campylobacter spp. This new PT is in addition to our existing qualitative campylobacter in chicken PT where your ability to detect the presence of Campylobacter spp. is assessed.

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E. coli (MPN) in beef

E.coli Enumeration by MPN in Beef Proficiency Test

This quantitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability for the enumeration of E. coli in beef by the Most Probable Number (MPN) method. We have developed this new proficiency testing for an MPN specific proficiency test to meet customer demand. Participants will enumerate by MPN and submit their results as MPN/g. Beef is consumed globally, across a range of different growing practices. This can result in a range of potential contamination events that must be highlighted through your effective testing arrangement, which must, therefore, be safeguarded through robust quality assurance activities.

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E.coli 0157 in cheese

Escherichia coli O157 is considered a worldwide health threat and is the serogroup of Shiga Toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) most commonly associated with illnesses and deaths in humans (Scallan et al., 2011). Although many food products have been implicated in foodborne outbreaks, most recent have been related to cheese with recent recalls of camembert cheeses and reblochon cheese, contaminated with STEC E. Coli making headlines.

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Listeria monocytogenes/Listeria spp. in smoked fish (detection)

This qualitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability for the detection of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in smoked fish. Listeriosis is an infection that usually develops after eating food contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. As such it is important to highlight any Listeria strains within foodstuffs accurately, as well as quantifying their levels within foodstuffs.This new PT is in addition to our existing quantitative Listeria monocytogenes in smoked fish PT where your ability to enumerate Listeria monocytogenes is assessed.

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Water Microbiology Proficiency Tests

Microbiological monitoring in support of drinking water quality assurance covers a range of indicator organisms. Fapas drinking water microbiology proficiency tests are enumeration and identification tests which cover the major indicators of colony counts, total coliforms, E. coli, enterococci, Pseudomonas and Clostridium. The performance assessments are supported by a unique statistical study undertaken by Fapas.

We also Offer An Extensive Range Of Water Microbiology Proficiency Tests, Including;

Total coliforms and E. coli in Drinking Water Proficiency Test

This proficiency test looks at your testing ability for Total coliforms and E. coli in drinking water. These organisms can provide an accurate indication of water quality, and therefore ensure only safe drinking water is being passed to consumers.

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Colony Counts in Drinking Water Proficiency Test

This proficiency test can allow you to evaluate your testing ability when conducting colony counts at both 22°C/3 days & 37°C/2 days.

This allows you to ensure that only effective testing practsies are used within your current testing arrangement, and you are able to highlight your testing prowess in relation to microbiology labs across the globe.

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Enterococci, Clostridium perfringens and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Drinking Water Proficiency Test

These proficiency tests allow you to evaluate your methods used to enumerate the target organisms of enterococci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Clostridium perfringens and monitor your laboratories performance over time

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Organism Identification in Drinking Water Proficiency Test

This proficiency test can allow you to evaluate your testing ability when identifying any organisms associated with drinking water within this drinking water microbiology test.

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