Poor Selectivity of Certain Lots of Commercially Available KF-Streptococcus Agar

    Volume 13, Issue 3 (May 1985)

    ISSN: 0090-3973

    CODEN: JTEOAD

    Page Count: 4


    Havelaar, AH
    Head, laboratory technician, and laboratory assistant, Section of Water Microbiology, Laboratory for Water and Food Microbiology, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene,

    van Breemen, LWCA
    Biologist and laboratory technician, Brabantse Biesbosch Water Storage Corp.,

    Vessen, HAMG
    Head, Section of General Chemical Analysis, Laboratory for Chemical Analysis of Foodstuffs, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene,

    During, M
    Head, laboratory technician, and laboratory assistant, Section of Water Microbiology, Laboratory for Water and Food Microbiology, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene,

    van der List, C
    Biologist and laboratory technician, Brabantse Biesbosch Water Storage Corp.,

    van Erne, EHW
    Head, laboratory technician, and laboratory assistant, Section of Water Microbiology, Laboratory for Water and Food Microbiology, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene,

    Abstract

    KF-streptococcus agar is, according to Kenner and coworkers, a selective medium for the isolation and enumeration of fecal (or Group D) streptococci in water. The selectivity is based on the presence of sodium azide in a mass concentration of 400 mg/L in the final medium. In certain lots of commercially available dehydrated medium the sodium azide amount was found to be only half of that amount. This resulted in insufficient suppression of background flora, in particular of Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus megaterium, Bacillus coagulans, and unclassified non-Group D streptococci. Supplementary addition of sodium azide to these batches to bring the final level of this compound to about 400 mg/L resulted in the restoration of the selective properties. The results of this investigation stress the need for adequate quality control of selective media.


    Paper ID: JTE10785J

    DOI: 10.1520/JTE10785J

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    Title Poor Selectivity of Certain Lots of Commercially Available KF-Streptococcus Agar
    Symposium , 0000-00-00
    Committee D19