InTray SMA (Sorbitol MacConkey Agar) is a selective and differential media for the detection of sorbitol-non-fermenting Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 associated with hemorrhagic colitis. This medium is also referred to as “MacConkey Sorbitol Agar”.
Escherichia coli serotype O157:H7 is a human pathogen associated with hemorrhagic colitis that results from the action of a shiga-like toxin. On standard MacConkey agar containing lactose, this strain is indistinguishable from other lactose-fermenting Escherichia coli. Field results show that the growth of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on SMA is heavy and occurs in almost pure culture — as colorless sorbitol-non-fermenting colonies. Most organisms of the fecal flora ferment sorbitol and appear pink on this medium. SMA, therefore, permits ready recognition of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in stool cultures.
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ESBL Strains: K. pneumoniae & E. coli
Upon receipt, store InTray SMA (Sorbitol MacConkey Agar) under refrigeration (2-8°C). Medium can be kept for one day at ambient temperature. Avoid freezing or prolonged storage at temperatures above 40°C. Do not open until ready to use. Do not use if the medium shows signs of deterioration or contamination.