CIP System for Hemp Industry
In partnership with Advanced Extraction Systems, Diversey’s new cleaning process and CIP system is developed for application with the CO2 extraction process in the hemp industry. Historically CO2 extraction systems have been cleaned with ethanol. However, as a volatile cleaning agent, its use has been subject to the strictest regulation, which presents a significant safety issue regarding storage, says the company. The use of ethanol in the hemp processors’ cleaning protocols has exercised a constricting grip on the industry. Many of these hemp manufacturers are looking to extend or add to their existing facilities. Under prior ethanol restrictions, this would have involved the necessity to construct an explosion proof standard, resulting in additional expenditure being added to actual construction costs. By reducing ethanol in the cleaning process, the new CIP system reduces the capital cost of expansion. The system is constructed as a skid that sits alongside the extraction unit and automates the cleaning. The CIP process produces a cleaning efficacy due to the change from ethanol—which works more as a sanitizing agent than as a cleaner—to an alkali process using a food grade cleaning agent. Diversey, 803-746-2200, https://diversey.com
Dual Footwear Sanitizing Unit
The HACCP SmartStep2 Walk-Through Dual Footwear Sanitizing Unit reduces cross-contamination from footwear before employees enter the production area or other critical control zones. This foot-operated unit requires no electricity and uses compressed air to deliver an atomized spray of Alpet D2 Surface Sanitizer or Alpet D2 Quat-Free Surface Sanitizer to the bottom of footwear soles. The unit’s walk-though design provides greater throughput while maintaining a compact footprint (27 in. L x 33 in. W x 44 in. H). It features eight atomizing spray nozzles (four per boot) to provide ample coverage yet uses only 0.4 ounces of chemical (0.2 oz per boot), which minimizes chemical waste and improves moisture control. Best Sanitizers, Inc., 888-225-3267, [email protected], www.bestsanitizers.com
Corn Aflatoxin Strip Test
The AuroFlow AQ Afla strip test helps lab professionals, technicians, and farmers quickly conduct first-round screening for toxic compounds in corn. The strip test, used with PerkinElmer’s QuickSTAR Horizon strip reader, delivers results for mycotoxins, including aflatoxins like B1, B2, G1, and G2 at detection levels of 2 to 300 ppb in six minutes. The AuroFlow AQ Afla strip test and QuickSTAR Horizon strip reader solution feature a single-step, water-based extraction method and lateral flow testing at room temperature—removing the need for incubators and centrifuges during analysis. The handheld reader is battery operated and ruggedized, allowing flexible in-field testing. Once results are viewed on the strip reader’s touchscreen, the information is then stored for future access and archiving, creating accurate audit trails. The company says that the AuroFlow AQ Afla strip test can provide key grain market players with the ability to prevent mycotoxins from entering the food chain. PerkinElmer, Inc., 800-762-4000, www.perkinelmer.com.
Exterior Rodent Protection
Dual Autogate Connect system was created as an expansion of the company’s PestConnect portfolia to allow active monitoring of exterior rodent activity all day, every day. The system consists of an electronic bait station designed to enhance the user’s exterior rodent protection program. Its smart gate mechanism can differentiate between target and non-target species and opens when rodent activity is detected. When the sensor is triggered three times based on activity, the motorized door will open allowing the rodents access. This level of control prevents non-target animals and unauthorized personnel from accessing the station. Rentokil Steritech, 888-255-4776, www.rentokil-steritech.com
Molecular Tests for STEC
Two new 3M assays for STEC enables food safety laboratories to test with or without eae gene results. The Molecular Detection Assay 2-STEC Gene Screen (stx and eae) rapidly detects the genes for Shiga toxin types 1 and 2, as well as eae, the intimin gene that allows the bacteria to attach to intestinal cells. The second assay, the Molecular Detection Assay 2-STEC Gene Screen (stx) detects only Shiga toxin genes, allowing labs to serve varying screening needs. Both test kits are applicable to samples enriched from foods and from food processing environments. Both have PTM certification from AOAC Research Institute. The company says they both demonstrate equivalent performance to the USDA FSIS method for raw ground beef, and to the FDA BAM reference method for fresh spinach. In addition, Molecular Detection Assay 2-STEC Gene Screen demonstrates equivalent performance to the USDA FSIS method for raw beef trim. 3M Food Safety, 888-364-3577, www.3M.com.