Setting the Food & Beverage Safety Standard
Mass-produced Food & Beverage
Today’s food and beverage production processes are designed to maximize product quality and ensure consumer safety by eliminating microbial contaminants. Achieving these goals depends on timely access to accurate bio-information. Companies seeking rapid microbial data that is both accurate and actionable now have a new bio-analysis tool that provides automated testing and monitoring of microbes.
Biotrack’s groundbreaking microbial testing platform can test or monitor the microbiological content of ingredients, products, and equipment, with a combination of speed and specificity not heretofore available. This testing can be done either off-site or in-line at the production facility itself, which allows plant operators and managers to optimize the quality of the production process. Moreover, outbreaks of foodborne illness can be avoided by giving producers the ability to detect and rapidly respond to instances of microbial contamination.
The Biotrack system’s capabilities are especially relevant in light of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will be phased in over the next three years. As part of this legislation, the US federal government will be taking dramatic steps toward ensuring the safety of food and beverage production. The FDA will now have much more authority in the oversight of production, handling, and testing of finished products. It will have the power to compel manufacturers and suppliers to implement highly specific quality testing regimens; this includes both domestic production as well as imports.
Benefits of the Biotrack system operation include:
- Offers producers of food and beverages the ability to quickly detect and respond to microbiological events, due to the rapid availability of microbial data (between 20 and 120 minutes)
- Reduction in product quarantine times, currently necessary due to time-consuming testing methods, as well as the ability to monitor the effectiveness of cleaning and quality control procedures
- Accurate data identification of specific microbial species (and their quantity) enables manufacturers to address only those species that are present, thus allowing for the use of specific treatments and reducing the need for broad spectrum biocides. In addition, the live/dead analysis provides rapid feedback regarding the efficacy of treatment/eradication regimes
- Detailed monitoring of all deviations in microbial species and their respective numbers, allowing for corrections in the production process and a decrease in the amount of rejected product
- Automated operation and wireless reporting allow for the intuitive communication of product quality, detailed record keeping, development and understanding of microbial trends, and rapid reviews by authorities