Hardy announces a new alliance with Nissui Pharmaceuticals in Japan. Nissui manufactures a product for the food industry called Compact Dry. With Compact Dry one can perform a bacterial and fungal counts on a food sample. The plate is very thin and thus space efficient. The media is dehydrated for a long shelf life and instantly rehydrates when the sample is placed on it. The formulas include chromogenic substances for easy colony recognition by color. Formulas include total counts, E. coli, coliform, yeast and mold, and Staphylococcus aureus . Hardy is now the exclusive American distributor. See more information about Compact Dry.