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3M™ Petrifilm™ Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate Method for Enumeration of Enterobacteriaceae in Selected Foods: Collaborative Study

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The practice of detecting and enumerating all oxidase-negative, glucose-fermenting-Gram-negative rods (i.e., the family Enterobacteriaceae) isused to indicate unsanitary or inadequate food processing conditions. The objective of this interlaboratory collaborative study was to evaluate and compare the methods described in Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products (SMEDP) and the Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods (Compendium) with a commercial product, the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate, for the recovery of Enterobacteriaceae in foods. Six foods—cheddar cheese, milk, flour, frozen prepared meals, frozen broccoli, and nut pieces—were analyzed for Enterobacteriaceae by 12 collaborating laboratories. For each food tested, the collaborators received 8 blind test portions consisting of a control test portion and 3 levels of inoculated test portion, each in duplicate. Each test portion was tested by the Petrifilm Enterobacteriaceae Count Plate method as well as the SMEDP or Compendium methods. The precision estimates (repeat-ability or within-laboratory variation, and reproducibility or between-laboratory variation) were calculated with standard statistical techniques.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: rtech laboratories, PO Box 64101, St. Paul, MN 55164-0101 2: 3M Co., 3M Center, Bldg 260-6B-01, St. Paul, MN 55144-1000

Publication date: 2003-07-01

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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