About the test
Our microbiology package tests for Total yeast and mold count, Total aerobic count, Bile-tolerant Gram-negative, E. Coli, S. aureus, Salmonella spp., P. aeruginosa.
- Total yeast and mold count – Typically involved spoilage, during the process of storage.
- Total Aerobic Count – Very common indicator test that provides a general sense of the cleanliness of production or processing.
- Bile-tolerant Gram-negative – Bile-tolerant gram-negative (BTGN) bacteria is a loosely defined group of gram-negative bacteria that grow in the presence of bile salts, and encompasses mostly organisms that are found in the gut. The BTGN bacteria group includes members of the family Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonads and Aeromonas. The Enterobacteriaceae family itself comprises a large group of bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, Yersinia pestis, Klebsiella, Shigella, Proteus, Enterobacter, Serratia, and Citrobacter.
- Escherichia coli – E.coli are members of the fecal coliform group and their presence is an indicator of direct fecal contamination.
- S. aureus – S. aureus has long been recognized as one of the most important bacteria that cause disease in humans. It is the leading cause of skin and soft tissue infections such as abscesses (boils), furuncles, and cellulitis. Although most staph infections are not serious, S. aureus can cause serious infections such as bloodstream infections, pneumonia, or bone and joint infections.
- Salmonella spp. – commonly found in the intestines of animals and birds. Salmonella presence is also an indicator of direct fecal contamination.
- P. aeruginosa – Pseudomonas aeruginosa has become an important cause of gram-negative infection, especially in patients with compromised host defense mechanisms. It is the most common pathogen isolated from patients who have been hospitalized longer than 1 week, and it is a frequent cause of nosocomial infections.