Sewage Backup – Why Test For Total Coliform, Fecal Coliform and Enterococcus

Sewage backup could lead to sewage contamination of the occupied spaces. Exposure to sewage contamination increases the risk of contracting diseases of the digestive system and other related illnesses. Potential disease causing organisms in sewage contamination include Escherichia coli, Salmonella, and Shigella. Testing for all possible disease causing microorganisms (pathogens) after sewage backup could be expensive, tedious […]

Methods for controlling Legionella growth in piped water systems and cooling towers

Controlling Legionella Growth in Water Systems Strategies for control of Legionella growth in water depends on water chemistry, temperature and the use of the water system. Legionella growth in water systems can be controlled by using chemicals and modifying the environmental conditions (e.g. by controlling nutrient levels, controlling temperature, and preventing low flow and stagnation). […]

Airborne microorganisms in animal housing facilities

Clean air void of hazardous substances is vital to the survival of all living organisms. Conditions in animal housing facilities may promote the growth of a wide diversity of microorganisms including bacteria and mould. Presence of airborne microorganisms in animal housing facilities affects the quality of air in those facilities. The quality of air directly affects […]

Airborne bacteria and mold in slaughterhouse facilities

Contamination of meat products by microorganisms such as airborne bacteria and mold is a major economic problem in the meat industry. In the past it was thought that food products were contaminated when they came in contact with contaminated surfaces, but now it is known that additional product contamination occurs from contact with airborne bacteria. […]

Airborne bacteria and mould in paper production facilities

Airborne bacteria and mould can reach very high levels in the pulp and paper manufacturing plants. Process water contains sugars, starch, and other components that support and promote the growth of bacteria and, certain yeasts and moulds. Interestingly, the non-biological and biological waste present in wastewater from pulp and paper production facilities can be treated […]

MBL Among The CDC ELITE Certified Labs in Legionella Testing

Mold & Bacteria Consulting Laboratories (MBL)  has certification in the analysis of Legionella bacteria by the prestigious Environmental Legionella Isolation Techniques Evaluation (ELITE) program of the US Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC). MBL is one of the only 3 Canadian independent laboratories having this industry-leading certification. MBL is also accredited by the Canadian […]

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