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BAM R18: Disinfectants

January 2001

Bacteriological Analytical Manual

(for preparation of canned foods for microbiological analysis)


1. Alcoholic solution of iodine

Potassium iodide 10 g
Iodine 10 g
Ethanol (70%) 500 ml

2. Sodium hypochlorite solution*

Sodium hypochlorite 5.0-5.25 g
Distilled water 100 ml


*Laundry bleach, which is 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), may be used.


Original Source: Bacteriological Analytical Manual, 8th Edition, Revision A, 1998.