Charm Peel Plate YM (Yeast and Mold) Microbial Test Receives AOAC-RI Approval

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Yeast and mold tests were validated in 14 different foods and from sponges of food contact surfaces. They are useful in sanitation hygiene assessment and shelf life improvement and complement the Peel Plate Aerobic and coliform/E.coli tests approved in 2015.

Peel Plate YM Microbial Test

Peel Plate YM Microbial Test

The Peel Plate methods perform comparably to traditional microbial methods in 14 different food types with 11 different yeast and mold strains which led to their rapid performance verifications by AOAC-RI.

Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Peel Plate® YM (Yeast and Mold) microbial test has received AOAC Research Institute approval 061601.

“This is another AOAC-RI approval of the Peel Plate test platform of microbial tests introduced last year,” stated Bob Salter, Vice President of Regulatory and Industrial Affairs. “The Peel Plate methods perform comparably to traditional microbial methods in 14 different food types with 11 different yeast and mold strains which led to their rapid performance verifications by AOAC-RI. We look forward to showing the product and reference method comparison data to attendees of International Food Technologists and International Association of Food Protection this summer.”

Peel Plate tests are simplified culture methods developed for microbiologists and food quality stakeholders. Using traditional standard yeast and mold formulation with grey/blue producing phosphatase enzyme substrate, YM tests produce spots that are quantified over the 3 to 5 day incubation and are used as spoilage and hygienic indicators by food manufacturers. The technology of the Peel Plate YM test is a dried medium in a shallow 47mm plate that automatically diffuses a liquid sample when added to the plate, and, like conventional plates, allows for morphology discerning and picking of cultured organisms for further identification. Simple procedure, convenient stackable design and a formulation resistant to sample pH effects, are all advantages the food industry welcomes.

About Charm Sciences, Inc.
Charm Sciences is a world leader provider of food safety, water quality and environmental diagnostics. Charm’s diagnostics portfolio includes test kits and systems for antibiotics, mycotoxins, pesticides, alkaline phosphatase, pathogens, end product microbial assessment, allergen control, water quality and ATP hygiene. Directly and through its network of distributors, Charm products serve the food, beverage, water, pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, environmental, and industrial markets in more than 90 countries.

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