Campylobacter spp. Identification

Laboratory Fee Schedule 

Procedure: MAQ0109A



Synonym(s): Campy  
Requisition Form G-22-(Food); G-23; G-21 Path-Pathogen; MSA-FORM 50-1
Test Description BAX® PCR Screen and/or conventional biochemical tests and enrichment to isolate and identify Campylobacter spp.
Pre-Approval Needed Regulatory or IDCU agent
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A  
Performed on Specimens from (sources)
  • Food
  • Environmental
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing
  • Food/milk samples
  • Raw Poultry Rinsate
  • Environmental/Carcass Swabs
Minimum Volume/Size Required
  • 100 grams (1/4 pound) for most food samples
  • 325 grams (3/4 pound) for poultry samples
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping


  • Place food sample in sterile zip-lock or whirlpack bag or other sterile plastic container.
  • Food should be maintained at > 0.0°C but < 15.0°C.
  • Must be tested within 60 hours of collection

Environmental/Carcass Swabs

  • Environmental/Carcass swabs must be collected on appropriate swabs used for environmental testing (e.g., 3M™ Quick Swabs or Spongesicle type swabs or equivalent).
  • Swabs should be maintained at > 0.0°C but < 15.0°C.
  • Must be tested within 48 hours of collection.
Transport Medium

For Raw Poultry Rinsates and Carcass Swabs

  • Buffered Peptone Water
Specimen Labeling Sample Identification must match submission form.
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Ship samples on Ice and/or Ice Packs.
  • Samples must be shipped for overnight delivery.
  • Ship according to Dangerous Good Regulations, IATA, and/or CFR 49.

BAX® Real-Time PCR Screen

FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM)- Chapter 7

Turn-around Time 14 days
  • The sample should represent the outer surface as well as the interior of the food.
  • All milk samples must be tested within 60 hours of collection.
  • Environmental swabs, Raw Poultry Rinsates, Raw Poultry Carcass Swabs, and Raw Poultry Samples must be tested within 48 hours of collection.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Not collected by a Registered Sanitarian
  • Insufficient quantity
  • Improperly stored
  • Failure to meet shipping guidelines
  • Incorrect swab used for collection 
Additional Information N/A