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AACC Approved Methods of Analysis, 11th Edition - AACC Method 42-35.01. Enterococci

AACC Approved Methods of Analysis, 11th Edition

Microorganisms

AACC Method 42-35.01
Enterococci

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Objective
To make an estimate of total number of enterococci present in food products or ingredients. Historically, Group D streptococci have been referred to as enterococci due to the Group D antigen. Some enterococci have been implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks, although most are regarded as nonpathogenic. Enterococci levels in foods can vary with the product, storage conditions, and storage duration. These organisms grow on vegetation and are highly resistant to drying, detergents, disinfectants, and high and low temperatures. The presence of these microorganisms in foods is not necessarily an indication of fecal contamination.