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Anaerobic Plate Count Test

  • Price

    $27 per analysis

  • Turnaround time

    7 - 9 Business Days

  • Rush

    Not Available

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Anaerobic Plate Count Test

Technical data sheet


Method description

Aliquots of the sample are dispensed into a petri dish containing a non-specific nutrient-rich media (Plate Count Agar) and incubated at 35°C under anaerobic (without oxygen) conditions for 48 hours.

Acceptable matrices

Foods and food ingredients

Unacceptable matrices

Cosmetics, non-food samples, water

Limit of quantitation

Solid food <10 CFU/g Liquid <1 CFU/g. The limit of quantitation can vary based on matrix.


Standard Microbiology Equipment

Method reference

Wadsworth Anaerobic Bacteriology Manual 4th Edition Compendium of Methods for the Microbiological Examination of Foods 4th Edition:Chapter 6

Reportable unit


Sample size requirements

100 g

Information required by submitter

Please supply estimates

Additional information

This assay is used to determine the number of anaerobic (growth without oxygen) mesophilic (growth at body temperatures i.e. 35 C) bacteria contained in a food product or ingredient. No information about potential food borne pathogens can be inferred from anaerobic plate counts. Some foods (raw meats, raw commodities) can naturally contain high levels of anaerobic mesophilic bacteria.

*Prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Common Anaerobic Plate Count Test Testing Questions

While our sales and customer service team are happy to answer general testing questions, consultations typically start at a rate of $250 per 30 minutes regarding the interpretation of reported test results or questions about our test methods. We cannot consult on regulations, tolerance limits, or claims.

We make every effort to keep our methods and detection limits up to date according to the latest standards and qualifications. If you have any questions regarding the limit of detection/quantification or method references, please contact our Customer Service team at 1-800-245-5615.

Our standard turnaround time is 10 business days for most assays. There are some assays that require a longer turnaround time. We also offer a RUSH service that is half the time of the standard turnaround time of the assay at double the cost of the assay. A few assays that we provide cannot be rushed due to the nature of the test. Please check the specific assay you are interested in regarding the ability to RUSH the turnaround time.

Medallion Labs, a division of General Mills, offers multiple areas of expertise for analytical testing and product evaluation for the food and ingredient industry. Our areas of expertise include Chemical Analysis, Nutritional Analysis, Food Safety, Shelf Life Studies, Microbiology, Specialty Fibers, Physical Testing, Allergen Testing, as well as Product Evaluation (which includes Product Performance and Sensory Evaluation) and Technical Consulting/Method Development. Our methods are developed for the testing of food products and ingredients.

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