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From: Food Quality & Safety magazine, April/May 2011

Microbiology Equipment and Supplies

New tools can help you work more efficiently

by Geoff Giordano

The Latest in Microbiology Equipment and Supplies

As food companies struggle to find a profitable balance between making sure that they meet safety and processing regulations and producing products efficiently, microbiology equipment and supplies are increasingly vital to their efforts.

Whatever firms are testing—be it ingredients and raw materials as they come in; finished products; or even the production environment—in search of indicator organisms that paint a clear picture of what’s happening to the products, the methods they employ have to be reliable the first time. And the more tests that can be done more quickly, the better.

“Our main goal was to produce a more sensitive test that could happen faster,” said product manager Wendy Lauer of Bio-Rad’s iQ-Check real-time PCR test kits. “The first time users get a presumptive positive result, they know it’s a real positive. If they get a negative, they have the confidence it’s actually negative.”

The ability for users to conduct more reliable tests faster—whether those tests are of raw materials, finished products, or even the processing environment—has been a primary driver of innovation in microbiology testing equipment.

In the interests of production efficiency, iQ-Check shortens a typical two-day wait for test results to 24 hours and allows 94 samples to be processed in one plate format, Lauer said.

Always-critical user-friendliness and customer feedback have been prime factors shaping many of the products offered by suppliers of microbiological testing. The incorporation of the newest technological advances remains a primary goal.

For Advanced Instruments of Norwood, Mass., this has meant introducing a touch-screen interface to its Autoplate Spiral Plating System (SPS), the newest iteration of the Autoplate 400—an industry favorite for more than 15 years. “This allows the customer to run the system with minimal training, as quickly as possible, and allows for multiple operators without the headache of constant in-service training,” said national sales manager Anthony Pappas. “Companies, universities, and government agencies that are studying pathogens in food have been our most loyal customers. Counts can be very high, and the SPS can save these customers 4 LOG in dilutions (up to 75% in materials).”

 


 

 

Advanced Instruments Inc.
Advanced Instruments Inc.
Two Technology Way
Norwood, MA 02062
781-320-9000

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

The Autoplate SPS features 50 percent faster cycle times–about 35 seconds as opposed to one minute–a new Windows® CE-based touchscreen display, and features three new spiral plating modes. The system introduces a revolutionary new self-cleaning feature that is fast, thorough, and completely ensures no sample-to-sample contamination.
www.aicompanies.com

Product Categories

  • Colony Counting Apparatus
  • Colony Counting, Automated
  • Plating Equipment/Apparatus
  • Plating systems, Automated

 


 

 

Bio-Rad
Bio-Rad
2000 Alfred Nobel Dr.
Hercules, CA 94547
800-4-BIORAD
(800-424-6723)

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

Real-Time PCR That’s Faster, Easier, Better

Bio-Rad’s iQ-CheckTM real-time PCR test kits are AOAC approved and are adapted to the needs of food safety laboratories. All enrichment protocols are 24hr or less, including Listeria. All kits have the same extraction regardless of organism or food matrix. Two instrument platforms are available for low and high volume labs.
www.foodscience.bio-rad.com

Product Categories

  • Agars
  • Dehydrated Culture Media
  • E-coli 0157:H7 Testing Equipment
  • Listeria Testing Equipment
  • PCR
  • PCR Equipment/Supplies
  • Salmonella Testing Equipment
  • Chromogenic media
  • Campylobacter testing
  • Real-time PCR rapid methods

 


 

 

Biotest Microbiology
Corporation
Biotest Microbiology Corporation
400 Commons Way, Suite F
Rockaway, NJ 07866
877-210-5103

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

MMB Food Pathogen System

Biotest offers MMB Food Pathogen kits, allowing fast and sensitive detection of all common food-borne bacteria including: Salmonella, Campylobacter, Listeria monocytogenes, and Shiga toxin producing E.coli (STEC) on a broad range of real-time PCR cyclers. Combining the extensive media product portfolio of heipha (available from Biotest), we provide you with a complete system for your food pathogen testing needs.
www.biotestusa.com

Product Categories

  • Agars
  • Dehydrated Culture Media
  • Dilution Bottles
  • PCR
  • Rapid Microbiology Analyzers
  • Swabs/Environmental Sampling

 


 

 

Microbiologics
Microbiologics
217 Osseo Avenue North
St. Cloud, MN 56303
320-253-1640

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

You Put Your Name On It; We Put Ours Behind It. Microbiologics® QC Microorganisms

When you need to meet expanding regulatory, liability, and quality assurance challenges; put your trust in Microbiologics. We offer a wide variety of quality control microorganism preparations specifically designed to meet your needs. Our easy-to-use microorganism preparations are authentic and traceable to an original reference strain.
www.microbiologics.com/Food-Quality

Product Categories

  • Cultures, Bacteria

 


 

 

Remel
Remel
12076 Santa Fe Trail Drive
P.O. Box 14428
Lenexa, Kansas 66215
800-255-6730, Fax: 800-447-5761
www.thermofisher.com
www.remel.com

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

Rapid Culture Testing Method For Detecting Salmonella in Food

Contact Remel, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, for products used in detection of Salmonella in food. Our AOAC-ri approved Salmonella Rapid Culture Method delivers results within 48 hours and employs two novel culture products, ONE Broth-Salmonella and Brilliance™ Salmonella, in a simple two-step procedure.
www.remel.com/salmonella

Product Categories

  • Agars
  • Antisera
  • Culture Media
  • Cultures, Bacteria
  • Dehydrated Culture Media
  • Dilution Bottles
  • Direct Identification Kits/Apparatus
  • Petri Dishes
  • Swabs/Environmental Sampling
  • Total Aerobic Bacteria

 


 

 

M Global Headquarters
3M Global Headquarters
3M Corporate Headquarters
3M Center
St. Paul, MN 55144-1000
1-888-3M HELPS
(1-888-364-3577)

Autoplate® Spiral Plating System, from Advanced Instruments

Introducing 3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Plates for Water Testing

3M™ Petrifilm™ Aqua Plates are sample-ready plates that replace conventional agar, petri dishes, media pads and disposable filter funnels used in the microbial testing of water. Each plate contains a water-soluble gelling agent, nutrients and indicators in a dry, shelf-stable format.
www.3m.com/foodsafety/FQ11

Product Categories

  • ATP bioluminescence Systems
  • Automated Pathogen Detection
  • Colony Counting Apparatus
  • Dehydrated Culture Media
  • Dilution Bottles
  • E-coli 0157:H7 Testing Equipment
  • ELISA Readers
  • ELISA Systems
  • Incubators
  • Listeria Testing Equipment
  • Salmonella Testing Equipment
  • Swabs/Environmental Sampling
  • Total Aerobic Bacteria
  • Water Activity

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