Tests and Services Manual: Environmental Microbiology

BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION—NONPOTABLE WATER Specimen: 100 ml of water
Method: APHA, AWWA, WPCM (MPN)
Turn-Around-Time: 2-4 days
Special Requirements: N/A
Laboratory Test Request Form: Contact Laboratory
Note: Includes Total and Fecal Coliforms, Standard Plate Count, Enterococci
BACTERIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION—POTABLE WATER Specimen: >100 ml of water (containing sodium thiosulfate)
Method: APHA, AWWA ,WPCM (membrane filter)
Turn-Around-Time: 2-5 days
Special Requirements: N/A
Laboratory Test Request Form: Contact Laboratory
Note: Includes Standard Plate Count, Coliforms, E. coli
BOTULISM TOXIN IN FOODS & CLINICAL SPECIMENS
This test is available on an emergency basis
24 hours a day—7 days a week
Specimen:
  1. Food - in original container
  2. Stool - 10 grams
  3. Serum - 10 ml
Method: Mouse bioassay /CDC
Turn-Around-Time: Minimum of 96 hours
Special Requirements: Testing must be approved by BCD first
Laboratory Test Request Form: General Testing Services (PDF)
FOODBORNE DISEASE—ETIOLOGICAL AGENT Specimen: 150 grams of food
Method: APHA, FDA, USDA
Turn-Around-Time: 3-7 days
Special Requirements: N/A
Laboratory Test Request Form: Contact Laboratory
Note: Includes Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli 0157:H7, Campylobacter, Clostridium perfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Listeria monocytogenes, Yersinia enterocolitica, Vibrio parahemolyticus
MICROBIOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF FOODS— SANITARY INDICATORS Specimen: 25 grams of food
Method: Standard plate count/APHA
Turn-Around-Time: 2-5 days
Special Requirements: N/A
Laboratory Test Request Form: Contact Laboratory
Note: Includes Standard Plate Count, total and Fecal Coliforms, Yeasts and Molds