The total plate count (TPC) is a microbiological test used to determine the number of viable microorganisms present in a sample, including bacteria, yeasts, and molds. In the context of starch, TPC is used to assess the microbiological quality and safety of the starch product.
The maximum acceptable TPC in starch may vary depending on the specific application and the regulations of the country or region where it is being used. For example, in the European Union, the maximum acceptable TPC for starch used in food products is typically set at 10,000 colony-forming units (CFU) per gram, while in the United States, the FDA has established a limit of 100,000 CFU per gram for most food products.
It’s important to note that high levels of TPC in starch can indicate poor quality or potential safety hazards, so it’s important to adhere to regulatory guidelines and best practices for testing and monitoring TPC in starch products.