Coagulase Positive Staphylococci Enumeration in Milk Powder Proficiency Test

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Proficiency Test



Milk Powder


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 will evaluate your testing ability regarding the enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae in milk powder.

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.

Milk powder is used within a plethora of foodstuffs, from processed foods to individual products sold to the consumer. As such there may be an increased strain on global supply chains to satisfy consumer demand. This can lead to a number of challenges including storage issues that may not be overcome by suppliers and require your effective testing measures to highlight.

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.