MicroVal Certifies New TVC Method for Raw Meat & Poultry
The GreenLight® total viable count (TVC) method, which automatically detects microbial contamination in food and beverage samples, was recently validated and certified by MicroVal for raw meats and poultry. Based in The Netherlands, MicroVal validates and certifies alternative microbiological analysis methods according to EN-ISO 16140.
"The rigorous independent testing that this methodology has gone through over the past two years, gives European food processors the confidence to convert to faster, more efficient technology," says Dr. Richard Fernandes, chief executive officer, Luxcel Biosciences® Ltd.
GreenLight sensor technology was developed by Luxcel Biosciences. MOCON, Inc. has developed a range of automated instruments to deliver GreenLight technology to the industry with outstanding ease of use. The sensor methodology has been previously qualified by AOAC International, Gaithersburg, MD, which provides validation and conformity assessment of commercial and analytical methods.
As part of the MicroVal certification process, the microbial contamination methodology was tested at eight independent laboratories in five different European countries. The GreenLight series was developed to provide precise, same-day results in a cost-effective manner. Depending on the bacterial load, results can be obtained between minutes and 12 hours. This is ten times faster than the traditional agar plate methods, which typically require 72 hours before microbial colonies can even be counted.
Shorter testing cycles provide food processors with the potential for getting their perishable food items to the consumer in less time. "The rigorous independent testing of the GreenLight microbial test methodology provides further validation of its ability to perform precise tests for bacterial loads in raw meat and poultry. Additionally, GreenLight's outstanding time-to-result when compared to traditional methods enables us to play a key role in creating a safer world market for food," Dr. Fernandes says.
Three different units, the GreenLight 910, 930 and 960 are available to handle a variety of throughput requirements across a wide range of food matrices.
Date Published: 21st February 2012