Christeyns Food Hygiene tackles biofilm detection

By Jim Cornall contact

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Biofilm in use. Pic: Christeyns
Biofilm in use. Pic: Christeyns

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Christeyns Food Hygiene’s TBF 300S, which identifies the presence of biofilm, is now available in the UK.

TBF 300S ​is a patented product developed by Betelgeux-Christeyns in collaboration with Madrid Complutense University. Available in foam or liquid format, it does not require specialized ​personnel or complex equipment and provides accurate results in a few minutes. 

Biofilm issues

Based in Warrington, Christeyns Food Hygiene develops and manufactures food and beverage hygiene solutions for the dairy and other industries.  Foodborne diseases comprise a broad group of illnesses resulting from a range of biological sources and are one of the biggest challenges facing the food processing industry.

TBF-IMG

Biofilm development can occur on almost all surfaces and in any environment where there are viable microorganisms, including those made of plastic, glass, metal, or wood, or food products themselves.  Because of their complex structure, biofilms provide a protective function to the microorganisms that they host, decreasing the efficacy of disinfection treatments. 

Peter Littleton, CFH technical director, said, “Offering this product in the UK is a great step forward in the battle against biofilm.

“The presence of biofilms in food processing installations represents a great risk for food safety and can also cause operational problems in equipment. TBF 300S allows clear, visual identification and avoids possible interference from other residues.”

Following use by several processing plants in the UK, TBF 300S has proved to be effective in identifying the presence of biofilm, according to CFH.

Brian McBride, dairy manager at Belton Farm, said, “It’s amazing to think that a few years ago it was impossible to quickly and simply detect live bacteria and bio film contamination and now I can see them appearing in front of my eyes. TBF300S could make a valuable contribution to our biosecurity tool kit.”

 

 

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