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. Our 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 is a qualitative proficiency test and focusses on the detection of the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes/Listeria spp. in beef.
Beef is a widely consumed meat that is included in a large amount of processed foods, as well as being sold as an individual product. This extensive use across a range of foodstuffs can put a large amount of pressure on the global supply chain to meet this demand, resulting in potential risks of bacterial contamination due to poor rearing or storage practices. It is therefore important to maintain the high quality testing ability required to ensure consumers are protected from any potentially harmful foodstuffs.
Listeria is well-known for its sickness symptoms when consumed. It is therefore imperative to maintain the high quality testing ability required to ensure accurate analysis of samples is undertaken to mitigate any potential risks to the consumer.
Fapas proficiency testing activities can be used to maintain this high quality testing standard. Through the use of real food matrices your routine analysis activities can be directly compared to your proficiency test results. Allowing you to make timely improvements ithin your testing arrangement from which to ensure high quality test results are passed to your customers satisfying regulators in turn.