Bacillus cereus has ubiquitous distribution in the environment and can be isolated from a variety of processed and raw foods. However, its presence in foods is not a significant health threat unless it is able to grow. Consumption of food containing more than 105 viable cells/g has resulted in outbreaks of foodborne illness. Foods frequently incriminated include boiled and fried rice, cooked pasta, cooked meats, cooked vegetables, soups, salads, puddings, and vegetable sprouts. Additional confirmation charges may apply.
50g minimum sample is recommended. Environmental surface samples can also be analyzed.
Test Code: F121 (FDA BAM Ch. 14)
Sample retention time – 30 days, unless highly perishable