Clostridium in Infant Formula Proficiency Test

Start date

Product Code
FMOE21-INF10

Courier delivery temperature sensitive/fragile

Proficiency Test

M243e06

Matrix

Infant Formula

Analytes

Clostridium spp., Sulphite Reducing Clostridia (SRC), Clostridium perfringens

Approx. Size

equivalent to 10 g

Comments

Enumeration Test

Clostridium has been found to cause a large amount of food poisoning when consumed, although they can be consumed without any harm caused. Although this is the case it important to highlight any high levels of contamination within a range of foodstuffs offered to consumers.

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.  As such extensive testing abilities are required to highlight any unsafe foodstuffs.

Infant formula is consumed by infants within a critical development phase of their lives. This therefore requires extensive guarantees of the high quality, non-contaminated nature of their foodstuffs. Proficiency testing should be utilised to ensure the highly accurate testing ability required is safeguarded throughout the year.

Proficiency testing activities should be undertaken as part of a well-designed quality assurance programme. Fapas proficiency tests make use of real food matrices from which to ensure direct comparisons can be made between your routine analysis and proficiency test results.

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