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Clostridium Perfringens

Clostridium perfringens sporulating

Clostridium perfringens are anaerobic, gram positive bacillus (rods)


Clostridium perfringens is commonly found in soil, faeces and in the intestines of healthy people and animals. The toxin produced by Clostridium perfringens causes food-borne illness. Consequently, it can be used as an indicator of faecal contamination occurring in the past.

Stansted Laboratories can test for Clostridium perfringens in the following samples:

  • Drinking water

  • Raw water

  • Sewage water

  • Bottled water

  • Swimming pool water

  • Bowser water


Samples are collected in sterilized bottles pre-dosed with 1.8% Sodium thiosulphate solution. During transit and    when in storage, samples should be kept cool (2-8ºC). 


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