“Test and hold” practice has been implemented since year 2012 to prevent the food product recalls and to reduce the exposure of unsafe foods. Meat producers are required to hold products until microbiological testing determines it is safe to release meat, poultry and egg products to sale. However, challenges arose, especially for producers who struggle with the long testing and holding process as they produce short shelf-life products. Small producers have problems with storage limitation while waiting for testing result.
RapidChek® Listeria Next Day TM was launched in November 2014 to address the challenges by reducing time to result from 48 hours to 24-27 hours. On the day of launching, the manufacturer, Romer Labs announced that the product gained the Performance-Tested MethodsSM (PTM) certification from AOAC Research Institute. This certification proved that the testing result generated by RapidChek® Listeria Next Day TM was equivalent to the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s (FSIS) 48-hour methodology for detecting all 6 Listeria species on food samples and equivalent to the FDA BAM 48-hour methodology for various dairy products.
Many processors are seeking to move from traditional 40 – 48 hour Listeria methods to faster methods due to the storage and spoilage costs. The RapidChek® Listeria Next Day TM system is designed to produce result in the next day, in order to help reduce the material and processing costs as well as enhanced workflow.
The manufacturer of RapidChek® Listeria Next Day TM is a leading provider in diagnostic solutions for food and feed, Romer Labs. It has facilities in many countries including Austria, Brazil, China, Singapore, Malaysia, UK and USA.
Arachem (M) Sdn Bhd, the scientific and engineering company has brought this advanced food testing system to Malaysia and further to Southeast Asia region, in order to meet high demand in food related industries and to support the rapid development of F&B industries in Southeast Asia region.