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From: Food Quality & Safety magazine, December/January 2014

New Product Reviews: Spectrometer, Ozone Analyzer, Saccharimeter, and More

Ready-to-Use QC Microorganisms

Microbiologics has extended its offering of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) products to now include Epower, a QC microorganism product that delivers a specific number of colony forming units and is used for quantitative microbiological quality control testing. The microorganisms are packaged in a vial of 10 lyophilized pellets consisting of a single enumerated microorganism strain. Also included is a peel-off Certificate of Assay detailing the identity and mean assay value of the pellets for documentation. In addition, the pellets can be manipulated to deliver a wide range of CFU concentrations, or multiple strains can be combined for a mixed microorganism population. Microbiologics, 320-253-7400, www.microbiologics.com.


Compact Spectrometer

The FOURIER 60 is a permanent-magnet based, benchtop FT-NMR spectrometer that has an option for automatic sample changes, a built-in pressurized air supply, and an option for variable sample temperature control. It uses cryogen-free, permanent magnet technology, resulting in a small footprint and low weight for sitting on standard lab benches. The FOURIER 60 is also compatible with TopSpin operating and integrated analysis software, as well as the industry-standard 5 mm NMR sample tube format. Bruker, www.bruker.com.


 

Yeast and Mold Indicator Test
 

Yeast and Mold Indicator Test

The Petrifilm Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate is an indicator test that enables the detection of yeasts and molds in as little as 48 hours, opposed to the typical five to seven day incubation period. The plate improves time-to-result, productivity gains, finished goods inventory, and product shelf life by using a three-step process: Inoculation, Incubation, and Enumeration. It also prevents colonies from spreading or overlapping and it performs on both low and high water activity foods, and can be used for air, swab, or surface contact environmental testing. 3M Food Safety, 888-364-3577, www.3M.com/foodsafety.


Ozone Analyzer
 

Ozone Analyzer

The UV1 is specifically designed for integration with ozone treatment systems in the food industry. It controls the ozone treatment system to produce the right amount of ozone for application. Analyzer can also monitor around human health and safety limits, shutting off the generator or triggering an alarm when acceptable limits are breached. Aeroqual, www.aeroqual.com.


Screening for Coccidiostats
 

Screening for Coccidiostats

Randox Food Diagnostics has released its multi-analyte screening test for coccidiostats in the poultry market. Coccidiosis is a parasitic disease of animal intestinal tracts caused by coccidian protozoa. To prevent infection, farmers can administer prophylactic antiprotozoal coccidiostats in feed, which increases the chance that coccidiostat residues are retained in both poultry and eggs. As a result, the company’s Biochip Array Technology can detect and quantifyy the whole range of commonly-used coccidiostats. It’s optimized for multiplex testing, identifying up to 22 different analyte from a single sample. Randox Food Diagnostics, www.randoxfooddiagnostics.com.


Automatic Saccharimeter
 

Automatic Saccharimeter

The SAC-i Automatic Polarimeter provides high accuracy measurement over a wide range and improved usability with its touchscreen. Measurement stability in 13 seconds (4 seconds in consecutive measurement modes). Compliant with ICUMSA and 21 CFR Part 11 standards, it communicates with the RX series Digital Automatic Refractometer for automatic purity measurement. The flow cell attachment allows users to measure one sample after another by simply pouring a new batch in to replace the previous one. Paul N. Gardner Co., 954-946-9454, www.gardco.com.


 

In Other Product News

BioControl Systems receives AOAC-PTM certification for its Assurance GDS Salmonella Tq mEHEC method.

Union Jack now offers a full line of professional cleaning brushes and tools from U.K.-based Hill Brush.

DuPont Nutrition & Health’s BAX System receives AOAC-PTM certification for detecting Shiga toxin-producing E.coli (STEC).

 

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