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"Wyke, John" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 16 Dec 2003 07:18:01 -0000
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Hi Everyone,

At the risk of being shouted down :-)

What is the risk of an extra day's incubation? Some more colonies may become

And that would be dreadful because microbiology is such an exact science <g>
that in the EP they state that where a limit of 100 is given they mean
anything from 50 - 100.

If you're testing where a single colony (or 10) is critical then someone
should come in on the Sunday otherwise I would struggle to justify the
expense (other than if things go wrong then you get higher counts (it fails
safe?) so there may be a business cost).

I don't know of any organisms that will be in nice countable colonies on the
fifth day and enter a phase of invisible growth as the clock ticks on past

Seriously though, I've worked in clinical, water, pharmaceutical and food
laboratories and we only read plates on Sundays if people were in anyway,
most of the time they were left for the extra day.

John Wyke
QA Manager
Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd

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