Yersinia enterocolitica – Identification

Laboratory Fee Schedule
Procedure #:  MAQ0119A  

Synonym(s): Yersiniosis
Requisition Form G-22-(Food); G-23;  G-21 Path-Pathogen 
Test Description Food analysis method used to identify Y. enterocolitica including enrichment, isolation, and biochemical testing
Pre-Approval Needed DSHS Regulatory Agency OR Emerging and Acute Infectious Disease Unit Agency
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Food
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Food/milk samples
Minimum Volume/Size Required 100 grams (¼ pound)
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping
  • Place food sample in sterile zip-lock or whirl pack bag or other sterile plastic container. 
  • Store on ice.
Transport Medium N/A
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.
Method FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM)- Chapter 8 
Turn-around Time 14 Days
  • The sample should represent the outer surface as well as the interior of the food. 
  • Milk must be tested within 60 hours of collection.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • insufficient specimen
  • not collected by a Registered Sanitarian
  • improperly stored.
  • failure to meet shipping guidelines.
Additional Information N/A