A naturally contaminated dried soup sample was reconstituted by three different methods (1:1 swirl, 1:9 soak and 1:9 rapid rehydration) and analyzed for enterococci on m-enterococcus agar and aerobic mesophilic plate count on plate count agar. The enterococcal counts obtained by the 1:1 swirl and the 1:9 soak methods were 41.6% and 26.5%, respectively, higher than that of the commonly used 1:9 rapid rehydration method. The aerobic mesophilic plate counts for the three systems were not significantly different.

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