Plate Count (PCA) + MacConkey 3 Dipslides

Plate Count (PCA) + MacConkey 3 Dipslides (Box of 10)

The SC2 dipslide (plate count & macConkey 3) measures total count bacteria / viable organisms on one side and coliforms count on the other side.


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SC2 Volume discounts

Quantity Price You Save
51 £11.33 Up to £32.14
101 £10.89 Up to £107.75
251 £10.26 Up to £427.48
501 £9.70 Up to £1,131.88
1000 £7.94 Up to £4,024.54

Product specification

Front Agar Type Plate Count (PCA)
Front Agar Colour Straw
Front Agar Growth Total Count
Rear Agar Type MacConkey 3
Rear Agar Colour Red
Rear Agar Growth Coliforms
Shelf Life 6 to 8 months
Certification ISO 9001
Suggested Incubation Times 24 - 48 Hours
Suggested Incubation Temp 35°C

The SC2 dipslide measures a total count on the front side and coliforms count on the rear. This makes it ideal for use in the food industry and where hygiene is of the upmost importance.

It comes in a pack size of 10 slides per box. The slide has a flexible paddle and is located in a shatterproof container. 

Flexible paddle

Flexible Paddle

Each dipslide features a virtually unbreakable and flexible paddle allowing for even, full surface testing.

Easy run off design

Easy Run Off Design

Due to the design of the dipslide, fluids will drain off quickly during testing.

Recessed Handle

Recessed Handle

Each slide has a handle built into the lid that is recessed to help keep your fingers dry during testing.

Side Indicator

Side Indicator

One side of the slide will have a circle indicator so you know which side was used for testing which type of contaminant.

Dual sided paddle

Dual Sided

Each dipslide is dual sided to allow multiple contamination testing with one test.

Thick reliable Agar

Thick Reliable Agar

Each agar is thick (approx 4mm) and raised above the dipslide to allow for easy surface testing.

Plate Count Agar - Will show growth for viable organisms in food and water, in particular dairy products. This agar will offer a general count.

MacConkey 3 - This agar is selective for coliforms and will suppress non coliform bacteria. Coliforms are an indicator organism for hygiene levels, particularly in food safety.

How to use the SC2 dipslide

Simply remove the dipslide and immerse in the sample for approx 10 seconds. Remove dipslide and allow to drain for a few seconds, then replace the slide back into the tube and incubate for a minimum of 24 hours (up to a maximum of 48 hours).

A comparison chart is included so you can easily compare your results.

Remove Plate Count / MacConkey 3 slide from tube

Step 1 : Remove slide

Carefully remove the sterile Plate Count / MacConkey 3 dip slide from its tube ensuring that no contact is made with the agar (to avoid contamination).

Surface testing

Step 2 : If Surface Testing

For surface testing, press the Plate Count / MacConkey 3 dipslide onto the surface. If needed, place a finger on the bottom of the slide (on the plastic, not the agar) to apply extra pressure.

Liquid Testing

Step 2 : If liquid testing

For liquid testing, immerse the Plate Count / MacConkey 3 dipslide into the fluid for 10 seconds then remove and allow to drain for a few seconds.

Swab Testing

Step 2 : If swab testing

Apply a sample of the test substance to a sterile swab and gently apply to the agars.

Incubate the dipslide

Step 3 : Incubate Slide

Label the tube with the included stickers then place the slide into an incubator and allow to incubate.

compare dipslide results

Step 4 : Compare results

Count the amount of colonies that have grown on the slide and compare them to the comparison chart provided.

Industry sectors include

  • Food Hygiene
  • Dairy

Customer Questions


Are these dipslides suitable to use to perform passive air sampling?


Yes, you could take the dip slide out of the tube and place it back in upside down (so only the handle/lid is in the plastic tube and the agar is exposed to the air). We suggest an air sample time of 15 minutes before returning the dipslide back into the tube for incubation (unless other sampling time is required). No contact with the agar should be made as this will contaminate the slide.


Specific References



MSDS Sheet for Dipslides

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SC2 Datasheet

SC2 Dipslide Datasheet (PDF)

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