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#1 shanda109

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 04:14 PM

I just start working at a Kombucha company. I was wondering how often do other companies sent out samples to the lab for micros. I know Kombucha is at low risk for micro issues because of low pH, but should be tested at a frequency.

 

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Posted 08 October 2016 - 08:50 AM

Hi Shanda

 

if your facility has a HACCP plan, this should be specified in it- based on local regulation, risk level, and customers requirements.

 

If no HACCP, low risk product and GHP in place, see local regulations. Contact the authority in charge of FS, or the industry association.

 

If un-regulated/ no info,  you would still need to monitor Coliforms/ E.Coli and Salmonella in finished products. Number of samples will obviosuly depend on batch size..... how much is the daly (weekly) output?  


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Posted 09 October 2016 - 12:07 AM

I just start working at a Kombucha company. I was wondering how often do other companies sent out samples to the lab for micros. I know Kombucha is at low risk for micro issues because of low pH, but should be tested at a frequency.

 

Thanks

 

Hi shanda,

 

From a statistical POV, the frequency depends on what you wish to measure/detect/required accuracy/etc. But this frequency (and sample size) may be impossible from a logistical/financial POV so a compromise will be necessary.

 

There may also be a contractual obligation, (sometimes even inc. the frequency, eg one "sample" per shipped lot/code)


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