Food Safety

Validation of a customer’s new cooking regime.

One of our customers needed assurance that their processes were safe when a new cooking regime was introduced in their factory. Their main concern for their product was that during the new processing regime if contamination occurred food-borne pathogens would not be inactivated.

The product was manufactured by our customer and delivered to QIB Extra. Our microbiologists then spiked the product with a cocktail of five common food-borne pathogens; Salmonella species, E.Coli, Listeria species, Enterobacteriaceae and Staphylococcus aureus. The product was then cooked and processed as it would be in our customer’s factory.

After processing the product was tested for the presence of the 5 pathogens. It was found that one of the pathogens survived the new cooking regime. This was communicated to our customer and amendments to their cooking processes were made after recommendations from QIB Extra. The product was then tested again after these modifications and it was confirmed that all five pathogens were inactivated by the newly modified cooking process.

By working with QIB Extra our customer now has the data to provide assurance their processes are safe with regards to potential contamination by the food borne pathogens of concern.
Do you have a product that needs validation against pathogens? Contact us on +44 (0) 1603 255432 or to discuss your project further.

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