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A code of practice for microbiology laboratories handling food, drink and associated samples 4th Ed 2013


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Ensure that microbiological samples are handled safely, efficiently and in ways that do not compromise the validity of analytical data.

Written by industry microbiologists and extensively revised and newly updated to reflect current best practices, this guide covers all sample handling procedures carried out during routine microbiological testing of foods, from sample preparation and basic microbiological techniques, through to safe and effective decontamination of waste materials. The document also incorporates guidance on media preparation and sterilisation. Recommendations on frequency of monitoring and calibration of critical equipment are included, as are examples of records that should be kept by laboratories.

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