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Posted 02 August 2023 - 02:06 PM

I currently am in the talks about testing garlic but the literature seems to be scarce and a majority of my work/experience has been with proteins. What would be a good range for Total Plate Count?


I know the FDA BAM does not illicitly mention garlic in this sense so is it up to the processing plant as to the level of risk they're willing to take?


Additionally, would there be any issues getting true counts? I've always assumed garlic was a natural antimicrobial. 



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Posted 02 August 2023 - 03:14 PM

A) garlic is grown in soil so likely to be cross contaminated with a wide range of bacterium


B) garlics known properties are linked to using individual cloves but whole garlic may contain a whole host of microbes



C) since garlic is an agricultural commodity, you need to think about thing like e coli, salmonella and listeria from the soil



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