PerkinElmer expands food safety testing portfolio

With AOAC Certified Microbial Count Plates

 PerkinElmer, Inc. has announced the global availability of its ready to use, Microfast microbial count plates for food safety testing. The new microfilm plates are designed to provide efficient, effective, and user-friendly quantification of aerobic, E. coli, coliform, enterobacteriaceae, yeast and mold, and staphylococcus aureaus contamination in dairy, meat/poultry, fruit, vegetable, baked goods and environmental surface samples. All six plate types have received AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) certification.

Geared towards food companies and contract labs, the highly sensitive and accurate kits feature a simple, three step workflow- 66% fewer steps than traditional approaches. Users simply place the liquid sample on the leak-free culture area featuring automatic diffusion and lower the film without pressing; incubate the plate; and wait for the new-generation microbial coloration to show rapid proliferation of microbial contaminants. E.coli colonies, for example, will appear as blue, staphylococcus aureaus colonies as dark violet.

Using the offerings, data is available sooner, revealing results in 48 and 72 hours for yeasts and mold, for example, vs. 120 hours and five days respectively using traditional culture methods. This helps support timely decision making and maximizes sample throughput.

The count plates are part of the PerkinElmer’s extensive food safety and quality solutions spanning instruments, software, testing kits, reagents and services for grain, meat and poultry, dairy, produce, beverages, edible oils, seafood, herbs and spices and more.

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