Please could you help? A client of mine supplies swinging pork carcasses to Massmart in South Africa. My client tests for TPC (Total Plate Count) and his parameters are found in CX/NEA 03/16 December 2002 <10, 000, 000 cfu/g . They also test for the presence of pathogens E.coli O157, Staph. aureus and Salmonella as the TPC is an indicator organism. However, Massmart tested a carcass that was recently sent to them and it came back with a TPC test result of >3, 000, 000 cfu/g but no pathogens present. The result was well within the maximum amounts of my client's specifications but Massmart says their specifications are <300,000 cfu/g and we should therefore be in line with those parameters instead.
Does anyone have some advice so that we can reply to the query?