Pest Control with Internet of Things
The PestConnect system utilizes infrared sensors on rodent traps to monitor mouse activity on premise 24/7/365. It also allows for the immediate capture, containment, and notification of mice incidents as they arise. The goal of PestConnect is to monitor and log issues in real time, resulting in shortened response time to activity and enhancing compliance with regulations and standards. It also helps mitigate potential issues before they have an impact on the bottom line by preventing contamination of food products. Rentokil Steritech, 888-258-6604, www.rentokil-steritech.com.
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X-ray Product Line
According to the company, a high-level X-ray inspection product line for small to large manufacturers of packaged food products features a greener/more sustainable solution and easier maintenance and operation, including a new user interface. Users can get quick access to operational components while providing contaminant detection. Eagle Product Inspection, 877-379-1670, www.eaglepi.com.
Farm Food Safety Management
CompWALK.farm, a food safety management software for the agriculture industry, helps farms manage regulations. Growers can conduct farm food safety mock inspections, download food safety templates, track corrective actions, and store documents in a single location. It also provides a searchable file repository to save time maintaining regulatory documents. NextLOGiK, 877-399-8086, www.nextlogik.com.
QA/QC technicians, instructors, and university researchers seeking a robust spectrophotometer can choose from a range of options in the newly designed GENESYS UV-Vis spectrophotometer family. GENESYS spectrophotometers are accessible, automated, and network-ready. With a modern design and compact footprint, the new instruments take maximum advantage of limited bench space. Other features include onboard controls and a touchscreen interface, eliminating the need for an external computer. Additionally, users can create a printed record of their data via an optional snap-on thermal printer or a network printer using Ethernet or optional Wi-Fi. Thermo Scientific, 866-356-0354, www.thermofisher.com.
The TGM800 thermogravimetric moisture determinator features the ability to measure up to 16 samples at a time with drying time end-point recognition and intuitive software. It provides the user with flexible method settings, automation, and hardware capabilities that maximizes moisture determination’s efficiency, productivity, and analytical performance, while offering the ability to meet the primary loss-on-drying method requirements for sample mass, oven temperature, and ventilation. The TGM800 is applicable to a wide variety of sample matrices including food, feeds, milled products, and agricultural materials. LECO Corp., 800-292-6141, www.leco.com.
Listeria Testing System
The RapidChek Listeria monocytogenes is certified by AOAC in its Performance Tested Methods program for detecting the pathogen on environmental surfaces and ready-to-eat foods, including hot dogs, frozen breaded chicken, frozen cooked shrimp, cured ham, and ice cream. It combines a sensitive immuno-detection strip with a single proprietary enrichment media. After enrichment, highly sensitive and specific strips indicate the presence of L. monocytogenes in 10 minutes. Romer Labs, 302-781-6400, www.romerlabs.com.
Blockchain Quality Management
RizePoint Quality Management powered by blockchain allows QA managers to connect all supplier data—from onboarding information to supplier inspection results to industry certifications to corrective action—in a single source. Data collected by the RizePoint solution provides insights into all touch points in the supply chain. As products move through the supply chain, they must pass internal standards and correct any non-compliance immediately. Users can identify problems faster in the supply chain. RizePoint, 888-313-7095, www.rizepoint.com.
In Other News
3M Food Safety’s new Petrifilm Rapid E. coli/Coliform Count Plate is a two-in-one indicator test that provides both an E. coli and total coliform count in 18-24 hours.
AOAC International approves Bruker’s MALDI Biotyper solution for two new Official Methods of Analysis for the confirmation and identification of pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria.
Hygiena receives AOAC certification for the BAX System Real-Time PCR Assay Suite for STEC for detection of non-O157:H7 STEC in 25g flour and ground beef.
Birko receives ISO 9001:2015 certification for adhering to stringent and consistent standards when designing, developing, manufacturing, and delivering general and food-grade chemicals and microbial intervention products.