Tag Archives: Biofilm Remove

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 […]


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: […]


Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa

Reproduced with the permission of Lise Korsten | Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology and Co-Director at the Centre of Excellence in Food Security, University of Pretoria South Africa has had the biggest listeriosis outbreak in the world that resulted in more than 180 deaths to date. The Conversation Africa’s health editor […]

General Hygiene

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 […]


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 […]