Guidance

Non-pathogen scheme: current distribution

This external quality assessment (EQA) scheme is suitable for laboratories located on production sites where the introduction of pathogens may be inadvisable.

Documents

Non-pathogen scheme: distribution NP056 request form

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Non-pathogen scheme: pseudomonas, yeasts and moulds (PYM) option distribution NP056 request form

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Detail

The non-pathogen scheme is suitable for laboratories that assess the microbiological quality of foodstuffs or perform shelf-life studies, but don’t routinely examine for pathogens.

The examinations covered are:

  • Pseudomonas spp.
  • yeasts
  • moulds
  • coliforms
  • enterobacteriaceae
  • Escherichia coli
  • enterococci
  • lactic acid bacteria
  • aerobic colony counts at 30ºC