Food and Water Microbiology Made Easy
Peel Plates use gold-standard method formulation and procedures and are available for targeting a variety of bacterial indicators to supplement most food safety programs. The tests and indicator results can be documented, recorded, and proactively reacted to in your effective food safety and consumer protection programs.
An Ounce of Prevention: The Food Safety Act Wants to Catch Outbreaks Before They Start Food safety inspections are an important part of the industry that grows, produces, and distributes our food. About one in six Americans—around 48 million—get sick...read more
Challenges When Testing for Enterobacteriaceae In the food and beverage industry, there are few things as important to quality and reputation as microbial safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year, around 9.4...read more
Recent Press Releases
Charm Sciences Announces MicroVal Approval for the Peel Plate® EB Microbial Test Charm Sciences is pleased to announce that its Peel Plate EB Microbial Test has received MicroVal approval. This follows the August announcement it received AOAC-Official Methods of...read more
Charm Sciences Announces Peel Plate® EB Microbial Test for Use in Poultry Processing Industry Today, Charm Sciences announces the introduction of a new AOAC - OMA- approved Peel Plate® EB Microbial Test for use in the poultry processing industry. The new test allows...read more
Each single-use microbial test contains prepared media in a shallow dish with an adhesive top cover. To plate a food or water sample, peel up the adhesive to expose the media, pipette into the center of the plate, watch the sample wick and spread into the media. The test gels solidify within 10 seconds (30 seconds for High Volume test). Plates are designed for uniform heat and air flow and with an air space above growth to allow opening and picking of growth for additional microbiological procedures and identification.
Peel Plate certifications and acceptances include Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC), and Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO) and MicroVal on select plates and foods. MicroVal is a European-based validation body that certifies according to International Standards Organization (ISO) reference standards.
The Enterobacteriaceae bacteria are a family of gram-negative bacteria encompassing coliform, E. coli, Shigella, Salmonella, and Yersinia. These bacteria indicate unsanitary conditions in raw products and are killed by heat steps in food processing. EB testing is used as a post-production verification of process and pathogen risk used, for example, to test dry milk powder and infant formula. EB is regulated globally, similar to coliform/E. coli regulations in the US, to verify sanitation processes in food production. Charm’s Peel Plate EB is one of the first microbial tests to be certified under a harmonized MicroVal and AOAC-OMA (Official Methods of Analysis) process. Incubation 24 to 48 hours at 37°C produce multiple colored round growth spots that are all recorded as EB. High Volume plates using 5mL samples are available.
Peel Plate AC Test
Peel Plate AC nutrient rich non-selective media encourages the growth of all aerobic, oxygen consuming bacteria. Aerobic counts are used as tools in identifying sanitation issues, potential shelf life issues, and are considered elevated listeria risk indicator in food production environmental monitoring. Peel Plate AC are AOAC-RI validated and PMO approved for a variety of dairy, food and environmental samples. Aerobes appear as red spots with a defined center within 48 hours at 32 or 35ºC; size may vary.
Peel Plate CC Test
Peel Plate EB Test
To learn more, visit the Peel Plate EB page.
Peel Plate EC Test
Peel Plate HET Test
Peel Plate YM Test
- Peel Plate EC Brochure
- Spanish – Peel Plate EC Brochure
- Spanish – Peel Plate EC Flow Chart
- Peel Plate AC Brochure
- Spanish – Peel Plate AC Brochure
- Peel Plate YM Brochure
- Peel Plate CC Brochure
- Peel Plate EB Brochure
- Peel Plate High Volume Tests Brochure
- Charm Peel Plate Applications For Fermented Beverage Industries
- Peel Plate Brochure
- Colony Counter Brochure
- Coliform and Aerobic tests voted by the National Conference on Interstate Milk Shipments (NCIMS) for inclusion into Pasteurized Milk Ordinance (PMO).