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Standard Methods Agar

Intended Use

Plate Count Agar and Standard Methods Agar (Plate Count Agar; Tryptone Glucose Yeast Agar) are used for obtaining microbial plate counts from milk and dairy products, foods, water and other materials of sanitary importance.

Summary and Explanation

Plate Count Agar and Standard Methods Agar are made according to the American Public Health Association (APHA) formulation. 1 They are recommended for obtaining plate counts for milk and other dairy products and may also be used to determine the sanitary quality of foods, water and other materials.1-5

Each lot of dehydrated medium base is subjected to the APHA quality control test and has met the APHA requirements.1-6 Appropriate references should be consulted for standard plate count procedures recommended by the APHA and other agencies.1-5

The Hycheck™ hygiene contact slide is a double-sided paddle containing two agar surfaces for immersing into fluids or sampling surfaces. There are two slides with Plate Count Agar: one contains Plate Count Agar on one side of the slide and the medium with triphenyltetrazolium chloride (TTC) on the other side; the second slide contains Plate Count Agar with TTC on both sides.

Principles of the Procedure

Enzymatic digest of casein provides the amino acids and other complex nitrogenous substances necessary to support bacterial growth. Yeast extract primarily supplies the B-complex vitamins, and dextrose is an energy source. TTC is reduced to the insoluble formazan inside the bacterial cell producing red-colored colonies.

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Identity Specifications
Standard Methods Agar
Dehydrated Appearance: Fine to medium fine, may contain small tan and
                                    white flecks, homogeneous, free of extraneous
                                    material.
Solution:                        2.35% solution, soluble in purified water upon
                                    boiling. Solution is light to medium, yellow to
                                    tan, clear to slightly opalescent.
Prepared Appearance:    Light to medium, yellow to tan, clear to slightly
                                    opalescent.
Reaction of 2.35%
Solution at 25°C:           pH 7.0 ± 0.2
Cultural Response

Standard Methods Agar
Prepare the medium per label directions. Inoculate using the pour plate method and incubate Bacillus stearothermophilus at 55-60°C and 35 ± 2°C for all other organisms for 18-48 hours.

ORGANISM ATCC™ INOCULUM
CFU
RECOVERY
Bacillus subtilis 6633 30-300 Good
Bacillus stearothermophilus 7953 30-300 Good
Enterococcus hirae 10541 30-300 Good
Escherichia coli 25922 30-300 Good
Lactobacillus rhamnosus 7469 30-300 Good
Lactobacillus delbruecki
subsp. lactis
12315 30-300 Good

Formula

Plate Count Agar or Standard Methods Agar
Approximate Formula* Per Liter
Pancreatic Digest of Casein............................................ 5.0 g
Yeast Extract................................................................ 2.5 g
Dextrose...................................................................... 1.0 g
Agar........................................................................... 15.0 g
*Adjusted and/or supplemented as required to meet performance criteria.

Directions for Preparation from Dehydrated Product

1. Suspend 23.5 g of the powder in 1 L of purified water. Mix thoroughly.
2. Heat with frequent agitation and boil for 1 minute to completely dissolve the powder.
3. Autoclave at 121°C for 15 minutes.
4. Test samples of the finished product for performance using stable, typical control cultures.

Procedure

Consult appropriate references for information regarding the processing and inoculation of food, water samples and other materials.1-5

Liquefy the medium in pour tubes and bottles by heating in boiling water. Cool to 45-50°C.
Usually 1 mL samples of appropriate dilutions of the test sample are pipetted into sterile Petri dishes and molten, cooled medium is added followed by gently mixing to distribute the sample dilution throughout the agar. Incubate hardened plates for 48 ± 3 hours at 32 ± 1°C (dairy products) or 35 ± 0.5°C (foods) in an aerobic atmosphere.

Expected Results

Follow recommended procedures for the counting of colonies and the reporting of results.1-5

*Store at 2-8° C.

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Celebrity Endorsements

1. Wehr and Frank (ed.). 2004. Standard methods for the examination of dairy products, 17th ed. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

2. Downes and Ito (ed.). 2001. Compendium of methods for the microbiological examination of foods, 4th ed. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

3. Eaton, Rice and Baird (ed.). 2005. Standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater, 21st ed., online. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

4. Horwitz (ed.). 2007. Official methods of analysis of AOAC International, 18th ed., online. AOAC International, Gaithersburg, Md.

5. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 2001. Bacteriological analytical manual, online. AOAC International, Gaithersburg, Md.

6. Marth (ed.). 1978. Standard methods for the examination of dairy products, 14th ed. American Public Health Association, Washington, D.C.

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