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Innovative screening kits cut product testing time

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HYGIENA, a global leader in rapid microbial detection, monitoring, and identification solutions has announced that its Innovate RapiScreen dairy and beverage kits are the first methods to be awarded the prestigious AOAC RI Performance Tested Methods (PTM) certification for the product testing workflow. According to the company, this symbolises a new pinnacle of excellence and reliability in rapid microbial screening solutions for the food and beverage industry.

The RapiScreen beverage kit is a high-performance, ultra-rapid microbial screening solution specifically designed for low pH beverages, including fruit juices, teas, energy drinks, UHT pasteurised products, smoothie mixes and condiments. The system enables quality control results in less than 30 minutes following a preliminary incubation period, reducing product hold time from 4-10 days to 1- 2 days. This swift performance is crucial for manufacturers, allowing quicker release of products to the market, improved inventory turnover, and enhanced cash flow.

The Innovate System, underpinning the RapiScreen Kit, detects microbial contamination far quicker than conventional culture methods, allowing the analysis of up to 96 samples simultaneously. The simplified three-step process, coupled with RapiScreen ATP bioluminescence technology, has become the industry’s gold standard for screening low pH beverages and high temperature liquid fill products, eliminating lengthy plate incubation periods and shortening production times.

RapiScreen dairy kit

Given the forecasted surge in the global aseptic food and beverage packaging market, Hygiena’s RapiScreen dairy kit comes as a timely innovation, addressing the challenges posed by traditional processing methods in dairy products. This kit allows swift testing on diverse product matrices, ranging from UHT milks and creams to sauces, soups, broths, juices, and beverages, yielding results in less than 30 minutes. The Innovate System’s ability to detect low levels of contamination at 24 hours offers significant cost savings, a reduction in safety stock and warehouse space costs, brand protection, and prevention of recall costs.

“Hygiena has been at the forefront of delivering pioneering solutions for more than two decades, committed to shielding consumer brands and products from microbial contamination,” says Steven Nason, CEO of Hygiena. “The ever-expanding beverage industry demands rapid quality management and early preventative controls. The automation and high throughput of our system enable the running of multiple products on a single microtiter plate every half hour.”

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