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.
As part of the qualitative proficiency test, your testing ability for the detection of the pathogen Salmonella in chicken will be evaluated. From this areas of improvement can be highlighted and addressed to maintain or achieve the high quality testing ability your customers, and regulators, require.
Salmonella is well-known for causing sickness symptoms when consumed, being in some cases extremely harmful. It is therefore of paramount importance to highlight any areas of potential contamination across all stages of the global supply chain, from livestock rearing to the consumer product. Your effective testing ability must therefore be flexible and accurate enough across a range of these scenarios.
Chicken is well known for Salmonella contamination. This is due to the high historic risk of Salmonella within this food product. Consumers are therefore wary when consuming chicken, requiring extensive testing practices to mitigate any risks to the consumer and allay any of their potential fears.
To maintain this testing ability, extensive quality assurance activities should be undertaken. Fapas proficiency tests provide the perfect solution from which to benchmark your testing ability and help you identify areas of improvement across your entire testing arrangement. This could include areas of unknown bias or poor testing methods. Fapas proficiency tests make use of real food matrices to make the comparisons between your routine analysis arrangement and proficiency testing results quick and simple, resulting in large return on investment within your quality assurance efforts.