BactoScan™ FC+

BactoScan™ FC+ milk bacteria analyser measures the individual bacteria cells in raw milk. Delivering results in just minutes, BactoScan™ allows farmers or milk testing laboratories to take fast action to preserve and enhance milk quality.

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Up to 200 results per hour in compliance with ISO/IDF and FDA/NCIMS guarantees that you can meet your customers demands for fast and reliable information.
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Sample type

Raw milk (cow, goat, sheep, buffalo).
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Individual Bacteria Count (IBC).

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  • Setting industry standards

    FOSS raw milk testing solutions comply with IDF/ISO and ICAR standards. BactoScan™ FC+ is the only rapid method approved for bacteria count in raw milk by EURL/Microval in Europe and NCIMS/FDA in the US. Comprehensive software meets Good Laboratory Practice and standardisation tools make it easy to monitor instrument performance.

  • Easy handling of reagents

    The unique reagent concept ensures simple, safe and very fast reagents handling, which reduces the operator’s dependency. Low reagents consumption and low waste contribute to the environmental protection. By the process of internal filtration of reagents, the time is saved and the risk of contamination is eliminated. 

  • FOSS Integrator

    FOSS Integrator is a shared software platform supporting other FOSS milk testing solutions. The same user interface, the same conveyors, bar code readers etc. can be used throughout the laboratory. This eases training of laboratory staff and facilitates data handling, transfer and storage. Uniform software provides flexibility in the laboratory. Further, context sensitive help available via FOSS Integrator software provides easy and quick solutions and answers, as well as provides an excellent tool for quality assurance.

  • FossConnect™

    FossConnect™ is a centralised networking management solution for FOSS BactoScan™ and CombiFoss™ that helps you to reduce operational costs and secure consistent high performance from your analytical instruments. With FossConnect™, you can manage, configure and monitor your instruments remotely from any internet-enabled computer and safeguard your data for whenever you need it.

Technical specification

Performance data
Range (IBC/μl)

SR (log-units)

Typical SR (log units)
10 – 50 0.07 0.06
51-200 0.05 0.04
> 200
Reproducibility* (between instruments):
Range (IBC/μl)
SR (log-units) Typical SR (log units)
10 – 50 0.11 0.08
51 - 200 0.07 0.06
> 200 0.06 0.04

Carry-over effect < 0.5 % (uncompensated)
Working factor Standard 300, (optionally: 95, 600 and 1200)
Accuracy Typical Sy.x < 0.25 log units in the entire measuring range
Reference or anchor method Standard Plate Count (SPC) (IDF Standard 100B:1991)
Application data
Capacity BactoScan FC+:
Models: 65H, 130H, 200H = 65, 130, 200 samples per hour
BactoScan™ FC+ Semiautomatic is only available at a capacity of 65 samples per hour. 
This version does not include Conveyor and Stirrer system

Analysis time
9 minutes
Sample intake Approx. 4.5 ml
Sample temperature 2 – 42°C (35.6-107.6 F)
Sample quality
Raw milk of normal composition and good quality. Unpreserved or preserved with azidiol

Standards and Approvals 

BactoScan™ FC+ is CE-labelled and complies with the following directives and regulations:
• EMC (ElectroMagnetic Compatibility) Directive 2004/108/EC 
• LVD (Low Voltage) Directive 2006/95/EC
• Machinery Safety Directive 2006/42/EC 
• Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixture, CLP (EC)
• WEEE Directive 2002/96/EC
• Packaging and packaging waste Directive 94/62/EC
• REACH 1907/2006/EC

BactoScan™ FC+ technology complies with:
• EURL/Microval approved. Microval certificate for enumeration of total bacterial count in raw cow’s milk on BactoScan™. Certificate No. 2013LR45
• FDA/NCIMS approved
• ISO/IDF  and AOAC standards
• Several national approvals e.g.: Germany: Bundesanstalt für Milchforshung, France: Ceca Lait.

Bacteria in milk – then and now

A sample of raw milk looks exactly the same as 30 or 40 years ago. However, there are far fewer bacteria in milk samples taken today.

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