How do you know if you have Biofilm in your CIP lines?

The mere mention of biofilm is enough to make any microbiologist panic. This panic is not unfounded. The threat of biofilm growing in closed processing environments is real, and the resulting microbial outbreaks can cause untold damage in the food, beverage and medical industries. Why is biofilm in pipelines and machinery so feared? Biofilm is […]

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Dear QAs of the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries

Is your CIP or water supply line clean? This 5-minute test will confirm. In a previous article (Random microbial spikes? You may have a biofilm) we discussed the need for finding and eliminating biofilms on open surfaces. But, what if they are not on the surface? What if they are creeping into your closed systems […]

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The Secret Life and Language of Biofilms

Why do we find biofilms so fascinating? Is it because, without the presence of a scheming mind, they can still transform their community into an impenetrable fortress while coordinating defences and attacks? It is natural survival at its best. You may have felt a biofilm in a riverbed as the slimy layer on a stone. […]

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Random microbial spikes? You may have a biofilm

The presence of biofilms on open surfaces in the food and pharmaceutical industries is a major risk factor when it comes to hygiene and safety, and most companies are unaware of their presence. How does BioFinder find biofilms? BioFinder is an innovative tool developed by scientists, that generates white foam when in contact with catalase […]

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Exhibiting Hygiene Innovations at the RMAA Annual Conference

Innogiene exhibited its range of innovative hygiene technologies at the Red Meat Abattoir Association annual conference at Spier in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Biofilms were once again a hot topic at the conference and delegates were pleasantly surprised to discover Biofinder, for the rapid detection of biofilms, on display. Attendees presented appetite for finding new ways […]

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Catalase is an enzyme found in almost all living cells, and is almost universally found in biofilms.

The presence of Biofilms is characterised by frequent and unexplained spikes in TVCs, where these have released microorganisms into the environment. This can also follow closely on a ‘deep clean’ either where mechanical action has disturbed the surface of the biofilm and released infection, or where the deep clean has reduced the normal micro flora: […]

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Detect biofilms in 30 seconds & protect your consumers and your company

“Listeria bacteria can sense when it is near other bacteria and secrete a sugary goo. This substance is called a biofilm and can allow the bacteria to live on inanimate surfaces. The biofilm protects the bacteria from cleaning agents. “A detergent could get superficial cells but leave behind some bacteria.” Professor Lucia Anelich from Anelich […]

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Biofinder vs ATP for the detection of Biofilms

Regarding the comparison between Biofinder and ATP, the main difference is that ATP is used to monitor single cells and not biofilms; and Biofinder is used to detect biofilms and not single cells. The detection limit of Biofinder is 10 000cells/cm2, below this count, Biofinder will not react. In contrast, ATP is not a very […]

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Biofinder : Making the Invisible, Visible

Developed by ITRAM HIGENE is a specialised product for the detection of biofilms and surface contamination in the food, pharmaceutical and catering industries as an aid to hygiene control. It is especially suited to open surfaces. Based on detecting the presence of catalase, BioFinder is sprayed onto a surface and within 30 seconds contaminated areas […]

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Biofilms are able to recover from biocidal treatments

“We are training cells to become more and more resistant,” Dr Manuel Simões. Biofilm cells (removed from the EPS matrix) are able to resist biocides due the presence of persister cells. Novel prevention solutions are the key in the fight against food borne diseases. There are a number of innovative solutions with reduced environmental and public […]

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