Microbiology Test Method Guides

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Rapid Detection of Yeasts and Moulds in Food

Review of rapid methods for detection of yeast and moulds in food and beverages. Manual and automated rapid detection methods have the potential to provide significant time and cost savings for some laboratories , reduce human error and free up skilled staff.

Rapid Methods for Total Viable Counts in Food and Beverages

Review of range of rapid microbiology methods available for total viable counts or TVC which are limited, but several existing technologies have the potential to cut labour costs and reduce time to result.

Rapid Microbiological Methods for Pharmaceutical Laboratories

Overview of rapid microbiology methods (RMM) for pharmaceutical microbiology laboratories with supplier details and description of novel approaches.

Rapid Microbiological Testing of Filterable Products

There is considerable demand for microbiological analysis of filterable samples in manufacturing sectors other than the water industry, notably pharmaceuticals and beverages.Conventional methods developed for testing filterable samples may be faster than traditional plate counts, but still require relatively prolonged incubation times.Rapid methods, based on technology such as

Ready-to-use Media

Ready-to-use Media:Traditional and Novel FormatsKey PointsReduced overheadsLab can focus on core businessEasier regulatory conformanceImproved lab flexibility The concept of ready-to-use (RTU) or pre-prepared microbiological growth media is not new. Products fitting this description have been available for many years; in more recent times however the uptake of RTU products,

Respiratory Viruses Rapid Detection

Rapid methods for the detection of respiratory viruses are based either on immunological, or on molecular techniques.

Salmonella Detection and Identification Methods

Key PointsThe genus Salmonella contains only two species, but includes around 2,500 ‘serovars’, many of which can cause human illness, often food borneTraditional detection and confirmation methods are long established and typically take 3-5 days to obtain a resultRapid detection and confirmation methods are widely available and are capable of reducing

Sampling and Testing Sterile Products

Key PointsMicrobiological testing of sterile products in the pharmaceutical industry remains a regulatory requirement, despite the limitations of sterility tests. “Absence of evidence does not equal evidence of absence.”Sampling of sterile products must be representative and must not allow any opportunities for accidental contamination and false positive results.Compendial

Stock Culture Maintenance and Storage

Review of how to effectively maintain microbiological stock cultures, cryogenic storage media in tubes avoid repeated subculturing.

Swabs - Capture, Maintain and Release!

Key PointsEfficient collection and release of microorganismsPreserve the microbiological population from sampling to the bench Samples can arrive at the microbiology laboratory in a variety of formats, often sub-samples of a large production batch or in a clinical setting, samples of body fluids. Swabs however, are unique in their presentation,