PHOL performs microbiological testing of environmental swabs to support foodborne outbreak investigations or for R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 562: Food Premises, Section 80 as outlined below.
The standard plate count from a multi-service article shall not exceed 100 bacterial colonies after cleaning and sanitizing and prior to re-use when tested by an official method in accordance with the standard plate test, utilizing the swab technique.
R.R.O. 1990, O. Reg. 562, s. 80
Standard Plate Count (SPC) results are obtained from the Aerobic Colony Count (ACC) method performed by PHOL. SPC and ACC are name variations of the same test method.
Environmental swabs processed during foodborne outbreak investigations will be tested for the presence or absence of a specified clinically confirmed bacterial pathogen from a physical environment
(e.g., cutting board, meat slicer, etc.).
Sampling instructions for environmental swabs are provided below. Test information including testing frequency, turnaround times and reporting limits, is dependent on the specific analysis.
Click on individual testing links for test directory details: