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HGMF SPREADFILTER for microbiological tests with membrane filters.

HGMF Spreadfilter

It would seem axiomatic that when you membrane filter a sample for microbiological analysis your filtration apparatus will be contaminated and you must either clean and resterilize it before reuse, or discard it. But it's not axiomatic...the contamination problem resides in the funnel...if you did not use a funnel there would be no carryover of contamination and no need for costly cleanup work! The SPREADFILTER exploits the ability of an HGMF's hydrophobic border to retain up to 10 mL of liquid inside the meniscus - so it eliminates the need for a funnel. Filtrant contacts only the HGMF - the SPREADFILTER itself does not get contaminated, therefore it does not need to be sterilized and you filter your next sample immediately. The SPREADFILTER's not recommended for sterility testing or work with dangerous pathogens, but for routine food micro one SPREADFILTER will replace dozens of recyclable HGMF filters or costly disposables.

To use - place an HGMF on the SPREADFILTER, pipet inoculum in its center and use the pipet to spread it along one border. Spin the SPREADFILTER a quarter turn - spread again - twice more to cover the whole HGMF. Open the valve to pull liquid through, plate the HGMF and do the next sample. At the end of the day flush through well with 70% ethanol - that's how easy it is...

Notes:
(1) Long experience by many users shows that organisms picked up occasionally from the frit by the underside of the HGMF have negligible effect on growths or counts on the HGMF.   However, the glass frit and silicone rubber frame can be removed and sterilized, if desired.
(2) SPREADFILTERS are used by the USDA, CFIA and research and food industry labs around the world, and are cited in numerous publications.

Basic HGMF Spreadfilter, Cat. SF-1 (Height 6 cm; dia 12.5 cm; wt 900 g).
   - price US/CAD$585.00
HGMF Spreadfilter System, Cat. SFS-1 (includes high efficiency water vacuum aspirator plus 1 m vacuum tubing).
   - price US/CAD$645.00
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