Coagulase Positive Staphylococci Enumeration in Beef Proficiency Test

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Proficiency Test





Coagulase Positive Staphylococci

Approx. Size

equivalent to 10 g


Typically Staphylococcus aureus is the target organism for this proficiency test but FAPAS reserves the right to use an alternative coagulase positive Staphylococcus at any time.

This quantitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability regarding the enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae in beef.

Beef is consumed in large quantities globally, fuelled by a global population and reducing cost of production. This can put strain on international supply chains, which can lead to poor storage or production practises resulting in risks for the consumer that must be mitigated through effective testing measures.

Bacteria such as Coagulase Positive Staphylococci can found within foodstuffs at unsafe levels when poor storage factors occur. This can put consumers at risk of potentially harmful consequences if consumed in large enough quantities. As such it is imperative to highlight these high levels of contamination within foodstuffs using effective testing techniques.

Proficiency testing is useful to highlight areas of improvement within your testing arrangement. From this, concise areas of improvement can be found from which to inform your wider quality assurance programme and safeguard your high testing standards. Fapas 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. This can challenge your testing laboratories to form direct, true comparisons from which to promote timely improvements.