Within this quantitative proficiency test, your testing ability regarding the enumeration of E. coli in milk powder will be evaluated. From this areas of improvement can be found through a benchmark of your testing process from which to inform your wider quality assurance efforts.
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.
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.
Proficiency testing activities from Fapas can challenge your labs in a similar fashion to your real world routine analysis activities. This can ensure a close to like-for-like comparison from which to provide clear, concise areas of improvement from which to safeguard your high quality testing arrangement.