This quantitative proficiency test evaluates your testing ability for an Aerobic Plate Count and 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.
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.
Proficiency tests from Fapas can challenge your testing processes from which to provide direct improvements with your routine analysis activities. This can ensure that high quality testing abilities are achieved in the future to satisfy your customers and regulators of your ongoing testing ability.
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.
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.