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Are you confident in your Food Pathogen Management system?

Microbial contamination is the second highest reason for food recalls in Australia, only behind that of allergens. Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and E. coli are the three microorganisms most commonly associated with microbial food recalls and foodborne illness in Australia, and the incidence rate is rising when looking at statistics over the past 10 years.

Meat, dairy and mixed and/or processed foods are the main food groups recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes contamination, while foods such as eggs and fruits, vegetables and herbs are most recalled due to Salmonella spp. contamination. Dairy products are more commonly recalled due to concerns with process hygiene and unpasteurized milk, indicated through E. coli testing, although other categories of food recalled due to E.coli include fresh sprouts, salads and mixed and/or processed foods.

As a food manufacturer, there is a strong duty of care to the health and safety of your consumers, and it is therefore imperative that you have a comprehensive pathogen testing schedule implemented and continually monitored.

Given the proper environmental conditions, hazardous pathogens can grow and take harborage in processing plants. To assess the effectiveness of your safety systems against foodborne pathogenic growth, to minimise the risk of releasing contaminated product and protect your company against costly product recalls, you need accurate, timely, and reliable analytical data.

Throughout the accredited network of laboratories in Australia, testing begins the day your samples arrive to ensure the fastest possible turnaround of results. With an exceptional knowledge of food matrices and regulatory requirements, our microbiologists employ approved analytical methods to isolate and identify foodborne pathogens.

Avoiding an incidence of foodborne pathogen outbreak in your products is the goal, and first and foremost a food safety system must in place. But in the event of a pathogen situation arising, early detection is the key.

Mérieux NutriSciences pride ourselves on utilising our extensive in-plant knowledge to help you design environmental monitoring plans, ensuring microbiological control is maintained at critical process and packaging points.

Environmental monitoring programs can serve as an early warning system to detect and eliminate sites of pathogenic growth, minimising the risk of end product contamination. Analysing your operation’s specific needs, our consultants can help you develop a comprehensive environmental monitoring program to minimize contamination issues and prevent product recalls.

Whole Genome Sequencing has also become an integral method of foodborne pathogen identification. The process allows differentiation between outbreak and non-outbreak strains of foodborne pathogens by comparing their microbial genomes. It has been confirmed that strain typing foodborne pathogens by WGS gives superior resolution to existing subtyping methods such as pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). Our network, specifically in France, China and the United States, have this capability which manufacturers in all countries have access to.

Find your peace of mind by partnering with us to develop or review your pathogen management plan. Contact us via sales.au@mxns.com, or by calling 1300 000 990. Visit our website for more information at www.merieuxnutrisciences.com/au

Our offices and laboratories are conveniently located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth.