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Sterility test

The sterility test was introduced for the first time in the British Pharmacopoeia in 1932

(Source "Microbiology and sterility assurance in pharmaceuticals and medical devices" MR Saghee, T Sandle, EC Tidswell, 2011 Business horizon)

Stored water supplies

An examination of stored water supplies showed that 98% of the contaminants were Gram-negative bacteria

(Baird RM, et al 2000. Handbook of microbiological quality control : pharmaceuticals and medical devices, CRC press)

Ambiant air

The ambiant air outside in a typical urban environment might contain as many as 35,000,000 particles per cubic meter.

(Source “Nigel A. Halls Achieving Sterility in Medical and Pharmaceutical Products, 1994, Marcel Dekker Inc, New York)

Contaminated food

Each year, contaminated food leads to:

• 2 billion illnesses

• 1.8 million deaths

(Source: W.H.O)

Microbes versus Humans

Number on Earth

Microbes 50 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000

Humans 7 000 000 000

Generation time

Microbes 30 minutes

Humans 30 years

Time on Earth in years

Microbes 3 500 000 000

Humans 4 000 000

(Source: Schaechter M, et al., Microbiology in the 21st Century. Where are we and where are we going? ASM 2004.)

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