This quantitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability regarding an Aerobic Plate Count and the enumeration of Bacillus cereus in beef.
Bacillus cereus is a bacterium found within a large range of food products and usually forms through poor storage practices associated with complex, usually global, supply chains. Effective proficiency tests are required to highlight these potentially harmful levels of contamination, when offered to consumers.
Aerobic plate count is a key indicator of total bacterial populations within the sample. This can give manufacturers a large amount of confidence in their supply chains, to give an overall picture of the severity of any potential contamination. It is important to ensure your testing ability for plate counts is maintained to a high standard.
Microbiological contamination of food can cause a range of sickness symptoms, the most extreme of which can result in hospitalisation, contamination can also cause food spoilage. Contamination can result from raw ingredients, poor sanitation or hygiene practices, or inappropriate storage conditions. Our Food Microbiology proficiency test samples combine the test organisms into real food matrices or swabs, together with background flora to fully represent real-world samples.
Proficiency testing measures are integral to highlight areas of improvement within your current testing arrangement. Proficiency tests from Fapas can challenge your testing ability from which to safeguard your testing ability over the mid to long term, satisfying your customers, and regulators, of your effective testing practices.