Neogen’s yeast and mould test has been given AOAC Research Institute approval.
The Soleris Direct Yeast and Mould (DYM) test produces accurate results in only 48 hours, with conventional yeast and mould methods taking up to five days, claims the firm.
It can detect yeast and mould in dressings, sauces, dairy products and fruit and vegetable based products.
Nonfat dry milk, ice cream mix, salad dressing, yogurt, dried fruit, orange juice concentrate, tomato juice, corn flour, cocoa powder and black pepper were tested during the validation.
Dr Janice McGregor said: “It is estimated that tests for yeasts and moulds comprise as much as 15% of all microbiological tests performed worldwide.
“Soleris DYM enables food companies to ensure the quality and shelf-life of a wide variety of food products and provides advantages that allow companies to reduce costs through improved efficiency.”