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Carbotect™ is a simple colour based test to detect organic compounds in equipment in the high risk, food, beverage, water and pharma industries.
It is an organic (carbohydrate) detection tool developed by a South African scientist as an instant pass/fail diagnostic test to gauge the efficacy of clean-in-place processes. It should prove a welcome addition to every QA/QC department.
Carbotect™ is based on the fact that microbes do not exist in isolation and the presence of nutrients act as the catalysts for their growth. Incomplete or ineffective cleaning procedures will result in the progressive accumulation of product compounds which supply the nutrients required for microbial growth.
Industry sectors where Carbotect™ is most valued:
- All beverage production and packaging facilities
- All food processing facilities
- Pharmaceutical plants
- Bulk water facilities – municipalities and water treatment plants
- Hospitality industry – Point-of-use beverage dispensers
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For the detection of residual organic contaminants in equipment used in fermented beverage processing and packaging.
For the detection of organic product residues in all processing equipment from the brew house through to the packaging hall and specifically includes fillers and bottle washers. Also to verify the sanitary status of the water quality supplied to yeast fermentation vessels as well as both product and process water (bottle rinsing).
Carbotect™ is highly sensitive to the sugar constituents of wine and is thus effective for the detection of residual organic soils across all wine processing facilities.
Carbonated Soft Dinks (CSD’s)
Used to detect persistent product residues in manufacturing and filling equipment following cleaning between brand changes. It can also detect and isolate biofilm presence in the piping systems supplying water in the same facilities.
Sanitiser Residue Detection
For the detection of residues of chemicals used in cleaning procedures. These arise from incomplete cleaning procedures and/or inadequate rinse cycles.
It is mmediately reactive to the presence of potent oxidant compounds such as Peracetic acid, Hydrogen Peroxide and Citric, Nitric and Phosphoric acid.
In multi-ingredient manufacturing plants, it is a critical ‘first line’ defense for the detection of ingredient residues which may act as Food Allergens in further products produced and packaged using the same equipment. Consumer safety is paramount and a rapid, on-site diagnostic test to verify sanitary status significantly underwrites quality assurance requirements in high risk facilities.
In addition it can be used to monitor the quality of process water for the presence of biofilm products and hence microbes that may be used in the preparation and processing of perishable meat, fruit and vegetable products.
For the detection of residual milk sugars and proteins in all aspects of the milk processing industry and facilities and equipment for all secondary products i.e. ice cream, yogurt, etc.
For all products which require an ultra-sanitary status for optimum Quality Assured production i.e. pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, the Carbotect™ test will produce a rapid and definitive diagnosis to underwrite and support existing quality assurance protocols.
For the detection and monitoring of effluent organic compounds in waste water treatment plants. It is used to verify compliance with water quality before treated water is discharged to municipal or natural water courses.
Carbotect™ has been validated for the detection of bio-fouling in membrane based water treatment plants – this both for process and potable water production.
A modification of the Carbotect™ test permits the semi-quantification of dissolved organic compounds in membrane filtration plants to predict membrane biofouling. This provides a proactive management tool for timely biocidal treatment before the membranes require lengthy recovery procedures. Carbotect™ has been shown to be effective for the indirect monitoring of system performance of Reverse Osmosis (RO), Ultra-filtration (UF) and Nano-Filtration (NF) membrane systems for both desalination and fresh water treatment.
Carbotect™ has been used to detect and monitor biofilm in the water lines of dentist’s chairs. It offers an indispensable hygiene monitoring tool for both medical and dental facilities where treatment water may impact upon the health of patients and health practitioners alike.