Bacillus cereus is a Gram-positive, aerobic, spore forming bacterium which thrives in soil, vegetables, and various raw and processed food products.
Bacillus spores can survive in extreme conditions and then germinate when conditions are favourable, making spores difficult to eliminate.
At high bacterial concentration, B. cereus produces toxins that are responsible for food poisoning after ingestion of contaminated unrefrigerated prepared food, causing gastroenteritis. Monitoring B. cereus during the food production process is critical for food safety as a release parameter for cooked meat, vegetables and ready meals.
Advantages of using CompactDry BC to identify Bacillus cereus
CompactDry BC, is a ready-to-use selective dehydrated media plate for Bacillus cereus detection that uses chromogenic media to give green/blue colonies after incubation.