Food safety testing for dairy, milk and cheese.

Dairy runs on a different clock.

Read how 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates can help you test finished products.


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Considerations when selecting microorganism tests for dairy and cheese foods

  • Microbial Indicator Comparison for Dairy

    Selecting the appropriate method for Aerobic Plate Count (APC) testing can be challenging as there are various testing methods from rapid automated methods to traditional cultural methods. It’s important for a laboratory to understand which method best fits their needs. Read how three global Standard Methods Agar manufacturer’s products were compared to 3M Petrifilm Aerobic Count Plate to determine if there are differences in each media’s performance when evaluating consistency.

Environmental Monitoring for Dairy Processing

  •  Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University webinar series on Environmental Monitoring

    A robust environmental monitoring program is crucial considering the dangers inherent in the dairy industry. Join Dr. Martin Wiedmann of Cornell University for this 5-part environmental monitoring webinar series from 3M Food Safety.


Spotlight on Microorganisms for Dairy Processing

  • The Coliforms pathogen.

    Coliform bacteria have been used as indicators of unsanitary conditions in food and beverage production for more than a century. Enumeration of the bacteria can help monitor the performance of food and beverage processing, equipment cleaning and sanitation, and quality of ingredients.

  • The Cronobacter pathogen.

    While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports few cases of Cronobacter infection each year, the germs have the ability to survive for prolonged periods in low-moisture foods. In particular, Cronobacter has been isolated from powdered infant formula, rehydrated infant formula and utensils used to prepare infant formula, making the bacterium especially risky for newborn infants.

  • The Enterobacteriaceae pathogen.

    Enterobacteriaceae is a large family of bacteria recognized as an important group in the food industry for monitoring hygiene and sanitation. Their detection and enumeration can indicate improper processing and poor sanitation in the processing environment.

  • The Listeria pathogen.

    Listeria monocytogenes, a Gram-positive bacterium, is often found in moist conditions, including soil, surface water and decaying vegetation. Listeria monocytogenes is the most infamous of the 17 known species in the Listeria genus.

  • The Salmonella pathogen.

    Salmonella is a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium that is one of several organisms in the Enterobacteriaceae family. Salmonella is the most commonly reported cause of foodborne illness today, making it one of the most important tests for food processors.

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