DescriptionThis book considers the rapid microbiological techniques that are now increasingly used in industry as alternatives to more conventional methods. Although many of the pioneering studies in this field have taken place in clinical laboratories, the materials listed and organisms sought for foods, beverages and pharmaceuticals are much more varied. In this volume, leading experts from research and industry review the wide variety of approaches that are needed in an industrial setting. The methods described include electrometric techniques, ATP assay, and immunological methods for a wide range of organisms from salmonellas to viruses, each chapter drawing on the authors direct experience in industry to give a highly practical guide. The book should prove invaluable to those in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, or in research and training, who require an up-to-date survey of the use of rapid microbiological methods.
The use of ATP bioluminescence for the analysis of beer in polyethylene terphthalate (PET) bottles and associated plant; Rapid assessment of the bacterial content of milk by bioluminscent techniques; DEFT: recent developments for food and beverages; The rapid estimation of bacterial counts on meat and poultry by the direct epifluorescent filter technique; Medical and pharmaceutical applications of the direct epifluorescent filter technique (DEFT); The use of image analysis for MIC determination and bioassay; Optimization of automated electrometric methods; Conductance techniques for the detection of contaminants in beer; Electrical methods for water quality testing; A conductance screen for enterobacteriaceae in foods; Electrical screening of powdered dairy products; An inter-laboratory evaluation of an electrometric method for detection of salmonellas in milk products