In food safety, a distinction is made between, among other things, microbiology, residues and contaminants.
Our ancestors once came up with the idea of using microbial food cultures to preserve and improve their food. Humans have evolved and tried to optimize these processes. Today, many of the world's most popular foods are made through fermentation: chocolate, coffee, yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir or kombucha.
These important cultures of live bacteria, yeast and mould are called good cultures. Then there are the “not good” cultures, which include various pathogens that can take over our food and cause it to spoil.
Every product on store shelves passes through various stages where it can become contaminated with unwanted bacteria and pathogens. The only way to prevent this is proper hygiene and caution at every stage of processing, storage and packaging.
The test results for microbiology refer to the proportion of bad or undesirable bacteria, yeasts and moulds in a product. In other words, those that can spoil food or cause illness. Depending on the product, various microbiological parameters are tested.
The microbiological parameters for which we have our organic baby milk and our Demeter porridge tested include:
- Total bacterial count
- E. coli
- Yeasts and molds
- Coagulase-positive staphylococci
- Bacillus cereus
- Cronobacter sakazakii
The total bacterial count provides an overall overview of the general microbiological contamination of the sample without providing specific information about the individual parameters.
We adhere to the following limits:
For baby milk, the total bacterial count is <1000 CFU/g (10^3 CFU/g)
For porridge the total germ count is <1000000 CFU/g (10^6 CFU/g)
Pathogens are undesirable disease-causing bacteria such as coliform bacteria, E. coli, salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus. They can lead to food poisoning or skin infections. By ensuring the purity of everything sold for consumption, disease can be avoided.
Our products are tested for the most common pathogens. All values are below the legally prescribed limits.