Pathogens like E.coli and salmonella are dangerous and can make us quite sick. And they can come from a variety of sources including raw or improperly composted manure, irrigation water containing untreated sewage or manure and contaminated washing water. Dog, human or cat faeces is another common source. Some of these can survive for extended periods stretching to years but it is difficult to say precisely how long they will exist in soil. The Safe Soil UK Microbiology Examination will deliver the following:
- Enumeration of E.coli
- Enumeration of anaerobic sulphite reducing Clostridia
- Enumeration of Enterococci
- Enumeration of Salmonella sp
We will send you a testing kit that includes a soil sample bag, instructions on how to take a sample from your growing space. When you're done, place the two-thirds full sample bag back in the box that will have a pre-paid postage address label already affixed, seal it and pop the package into a Royal Mail post box or drop it off at a local post office.