The IsoPure line of 3-A certified samplers integrate into aseptic and hygienic production lines, offering flexibility with a variety of configurations including several installation positions available. The sampler was designed for quality control personnel to safely sample liquids from closed systems, such as food and beverage process lines and vessels, while protecting the process and samples from the environment. Sampler body is made from a billet of 316L stainless steel, and is also available in one or two outlet ports and weld or clamp fitting connection models for pipe or tank applications. Sentry Equipment, 262-567-7256, www.sentry-equip.com.
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Digital Probe Thermometer
The TM26 Waterproof Digital Probe Thermometer allows food and beverage manufacturing professionals the capabilities to monitor products during preparation, production, storage, process control, and quality assurance. The thermometer has a stainless steel penetration probe certified by NSF and waterproof rated. It measures liquids, pastes, and semi-solid food products with a versatile range from -40°F to 392°F and accuracy of ±1.8°F; 0.1° resolution. Extech Instruments, 877-239-8324, www.extech.com.
The Sterilex Ultra Step is an EPA registered floor sanitizer that is approved to kill harmful organisms on floors, and in floor mats and foot pans. It holds the same capabilities as the Sterilex Ultra Powder, but in a form further optimized for the plant and live production environment. Based on proprietary PerQuat Technology, this product was developed to enhance food safety and address microbial challenges by controlling organism transfer via foot traffic with low environmental impact. Ideal for low moisture environments. Sterilex Corp., 800-511-1659, www.sterilex.com.
Oxalate Film Removal
Foam Clean 317-SP removes oxalate films residual from the washing and preparation of spinach and kale and other materials where residual oxalate films remain after handling. This alkaline, one-step foaming product can reach any area. Its thick foam clings to surfaces, providing sufficient dwell time while the low surface tension and proprietary blend penetrate and remove the film. With no acids, this product can be easier to use than conventional (acid-based) cleaners. Madison Chemical, 812-273-6000, www.madchem.com.
The 900 series handheld thermometers are easy to clean with minimal crevices that won’t collect dirt. Able to handle demanding food processing environments, thermometers are durable and tested to withstand impact, shock, drop, and vibration. Store temperature data in 5 minutes with the out-of-the-box mobile and cloud storage solution, or integrate thermometers into existing quality software with the Developers’ Kit API and libraries. The 93X models are Bluetooth low energy technology-enabled thermometers, while the 91X features a 2,000-hour battery life. TEGAM, 800-666-1010, www.tegam.com.
Real-Time Recall Management
The Recall + Response real-time SaaS solution for recall and stock withdrawal management empowers food companies both large and small to execute faster, more targeted recall management across their supply chain. The system launches automated communications including phone, email, and text notifications that are developed using prebuilt templates in the platform. By preparing and documenting the recall plan in advance, companies can ensure speed of delivery and consistency of notifications to their supply chain partners when a recall happens. Once the recall or stock withdrawal is launched, companies then monitor the platform’s dashboard to track the responses gathered and actions taken during a recall or stock withdrawal. FoodLogiQ, www.FoodLogiQ.com.
Multi-Facility ATP Reporting and Analysis
NeoNet is a cloud-based software platform that enables corporate food safety directors to achieve new levels of access, insight, and control of the effectiveness of the sanitation programs at each of their facilities. With the NeoNet system, each facility does routine ATP testing and transfers the results to their local computer networks. The data is then automatically synced to the customer’s universal NeoNet system. Food safety directors have immediate access to their facilities’ sanitation test results—no matter where in the world their facilities may be. Neogen Corp., 800-234-5333, www.neogen.com.
Automated Sourcing of Compliant Suppliers
The ReposiTrak MarketPlace enables retailers and wholesalers to search ReposiTrak’s community of compliant suppliers and bring new products to market faster. It automates and guides the sourcing process from end-to-end, and includes supplier qualification, order negotiation, and on-boarding of a new supplier. To help retailers and wholesalers reduce risk, the MarketPlace highlights suppliers that are compliant with their business and/or safety requirements. This feature helps retailers replace non-compliant suppliers. ReposiTrak, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Park City Group, www.repositrak.com.
IoT Monitoring for Food Service
The Kitchen Manager is geared for food service operations powered by Internet of Things (IoT)-based technology. It encompasses the new Comark Kitchen Monitor and Comark Kitchen Checks platform to record, monitor, and access temperature data wirelessly—keeping all information in one consolidated area. Kitchen Manager is a web-based, HACCP compliant system made to monitor the temperature of all food storage areas in order to decrease error and time. Temperature data is recorded and stored around-the-clock with access to records through any web connected device, creating an IoT system for temperature monitoring solutions. Comark Instruments, 800-555-6658, www.comarkinstruments.com.
The Kinetex 2.6 µm Polar C18 is the ninth selectivity in the Kinetex core-shell family. This stationary phase combines C18 ligands with a polar-modified surface to enable retention of polar and nonpolar compounds while ensuring aqueous stability. The particle size provides high efficiency and performance on HPLC systems and potential increases in resolution, sensitivity, and separation speed. On UHPLC systems, the 2.6 µm size provides comparable performance to fully porous sub-2 µm particles, but at lower backpressure levels. A key application that can benefit from this dual selectivity is pesticide screening in food. Phenomenex Inc., 310-212-0555, www.phenomenex.com.
Certified by NSF, the SWB805 MultiMount weigh modules can reduce contamination risk and comply with hygienic standards while increasing processing efficiency in industrial settings. Protective bellows do not need to be opened for installation, which further reduces contamination risk. A mirror surface-polish also reduces opportunities for bacterial contamination, as does the fact that weigh modules are fully self-draining to avoid standing water. Hardware is available in 304 or 316 stainless steel for durability, and stainless steel load cells are rated IP68/IP69k for ingress protection. Mettler Toledo, www.mt.com.
X-Ray Machine Designed for Poultry Industry
The RMI 400 features a conveyor system that inclines at a gradual angle on the infeed and discharge, allowing for a curtain-less tunnel to be created. This prevents the pathway of radiation from the machine from an operator safety perspective and means that only the conveyor belt will make contact with the product. The X-ray machine is designed using NAMI construction standards and complies with IP69 ingress protection standards. Unobstructed sightlines, open and contoured surfaces minimize potential material harborage areas while providing capability for fast and convenient visual inspection. In addition, the entire machine can be disassembled by a single person in a matter of minutes for thorough sanitation and quick reassembly to maximize production uptime. Eagle Product Inspection, 877-379-167, www.eaglepi.com.
In Other News
Validated for a range of milk commodities, Romer Labs’ new AgraQuant Aflatoxin M1 ELISA is more sensitive and accurate, allowing detection to exceed the requirements of existing regulations.
3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2—E. coli O157 (including H7) has been granted First Action status through the Official Methods of Analysis program by AOAC.
Recall InfoLink receives U.S. Patent #8,145,574 titled “Recalled Product Inventory Notification, Removal, and Verification System,” covering the centralized database that improves the management of recall data.
Novolyze adds four references to its SurroNov range of dry and ready-to-use surrogate microorganisms for assessing impact of a thermal process on the inactivation of Salmonella, including applications for nuts and seeds (SurroNov 1822); pet food and animal feed (SurroNov 1824); herbs and spices (SurroNov 1826); and biscuits and snacks (SurroNov 1832).
FoodLogiQ expands reporting tools within its software FoodLogiQ Connect to allow customers to create an unlimited number of custom reports to visualize the millions of data points tracked.
PURE Bioscience has received two key regulatory notifications on path to commercialize PURE Control as a raw poultry processing aid: Acknowledgement Letter from the FDA states that FDA had completed its review of the safety and efficacy of SDC and a permission letter from USDA’s FSIS grants approval to conduct an in-plant poultry processing trial of SDC-based PURE Control antimicrobial.
Agri-Neo adds sprouting seeds, including alfalfa, broccoli, and clover, and other varieties to the lineup of seeds and grains compatible with their organic and validated 5-log pathogen intervention solution, Neo-Pure.
NSF International develops an independent certification protocol—Raised Without Antibiotics—to certify animal products have been raised without exposure to antibiotics.
Gelest’s BIOSAFE HM4100 antimicrobial is now compliant for food contact and drinking water applications after FDA and EPA review.