I've been reading for a long time and I thank you all for your generosity in contributing your knowledge. You have taught me a lot, and I need it! Now I must ask a question.
Recently received microanalysis for a syrup that we hot fill in glass. Aerobic total plate count = 450 cfu. yeast and mold are <10. I want to know whether to be alarmed and whether to retest? For this product pH is 3, cook temp is 180, bottled >165.
The lab (accredited) has of late misfiled a report of ours, kept environmental air samples for yeast & mold 1 day too long before analysis so I can't compare to other data with confidence. A bit concerning so I wonder if I should retest, send a retention to another lab?
And what is acceptable or alarming for TPC?
Thanks for any advice.