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How to Store Prepared Media Plates: How to Store Prepared Media Plates:

How to Store Prepared Media Plates:                      How to Store Prepared Media Plates:
02/07/2018

A major industry survey, started by Pharmig at its 24th Annual Conference in Nottingham, followed by a questionnaire sent to Pharmig members, revealed 91 per cent of respondents source some or all of their prepared media plates from external suppliers. The survey was devised to investigate quality control activities around prepared culture media within the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry.

The high percentage of respondents outsourcing prepared media indicates that this practice is now, by far the preferred industry option. However, there are still organisations for whom in-house preparation is the choice.

For all organisations who use prepared media, ensuring that contamination and the resulting wastage is kept to a minimum is an ongoing concern. Assuming your media has been prepared according to benchmarked industry standards in a certified cleanroom environment, your primary consideration will be to ensure it is stored and handled correctly.

Some steps might seem obvious; reading product labels for instance. These steps are nevertheless vital. Always follow the instructions found on the label indicating shelf life and any specific storage conditions instructed. Note the expiry dates on the labels, and make use of the prepared media plates in the order of their batch numbers as part of your stock rotation

We have compiled a list of five essential, basic check-points that will help ensure your prepared media remain pristine and ready for use.

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