Kept in check, these organisms help produce fermented foods ranging from smooth yogurts to crunchy pickles.
But under low oxygen, low temperature and acidic conditions, they can cause spoilage, discolouration, bloated packs, plus bad odours and flavours.
The Petrifilm lactic acid bacteria count plate from 3M is said to provide a more efficient, all-in-one solution for monitoring lactic acid bacteria levels in foods.
The plate also eliminates the need for the costly anaerobic equipment used with traditional testing methods.
For the first time ever, the plate combines oxygen-scavenging technology and oxygen-barrier films to create a self-contained anaerobic environment.
This produces accurate anaerobic results using aerobic incubation conditions, providing enhanced recovery of lactic acid bacteria within 48 hours.
For more information, contact 3M.