Microbiological quality control in food industries
Due to the natural population development, the demand for food has been increasing significantly in Brazil and worldwide.
Consequently, this intensified the production of food in general, in addition to the frequent search of consumers for measures that food security e nutritional of society.
In order for these objectives to be achieved, the food industries they had to make different improvements in their daily processes, taking into account that the foods frequently involved in outbreaks of Foodborne Diseases (DTA) are, in the main, products of animal origin.
Next, understand the importance of having a concise microbiological quality control in food industries.
The danger in evidence
The pathogens can contaminate animal carcasses throughout their life, and of course, during their abate or through cross-contamination through contaminated equipment, manipulators or even displacement within the environment.
A salmonelose, for example, caused by bacteria of the genre Salmonella, is one of the main zoonoses for public health worldwide.
Its endemic characteristic is represented by high morbidity and, above all, by the difficulty of adopting measures in its control.
Worldwide, this genus represents about 10-15% of cases of acute gastroenteritis. At birds, eggs, meats, derived from meat, soy e chocolate, are the biggest sources of dissemination of these food outbreaks.
For reasons related to the importance of preventive measures in order to avoid the risk of salmonellosis infection in the human population, the control of this disease has been a worldwide concern and of great interest to the economy of the countries where these outbreaks occur.
Brazil, as a major global exporter of animal protein, it must always establish solutions and increasingly strict health control measures, to avoid significant losses due to indirect losses.
How can nanotechnology contribute to the biosecurity of this market?
Due to this growing emphasis on the safety of products from animal sources, especially meat that reaches the consumer, interest in solutions to reduce or eliminate Salmonella sp. before slaughter, with the intention of increasing the safety of multiple food products.
The technique of reducing this pathogen in the pre-slaughter period, in the case of meat products, can help ensure the reduction of contamination that occurs in the process of slaughtering animals.
In addition to the sanitary importance of farms, as rations, you transport, the pre-slaughter wait and the constant investigation of the microbiota in the accommodation have been raised as critical moments of contamination by Salmonella sp.
These pathogens are mainly found in foods that contain a high percentage of protein and a high moisture content.
One of the great challenges for detecting Salmonella it is given to its presence in the food that is not denounced by the parameters of color, appearance or aroma change, resulting in a wide cross contamination in industrial plants.
A nanotechnology it has already been an important aid in combating the difficulties that these industrial systems face daily.
Or use of antimicrobianos TNS incorporated in the structures used in the facilities, it has been an alternative to combat daily the entry of new pathogens or new strains in the production systems, and even for a more in-depth control of the agents present within the system, reducing the pressure of infection.
Some examples of places where TNS antimicrobials can be incorporated:
In addition to nanotechnology being an important pillar for inhibiting or controlling cross-contamination, there are other important applications on it.
The technology for rapid disclosure of pathogens stands out: Revella®. Read more about the topic by accessing the content: Revella®: Rapid detection of Salmonella in the protein chain.
Combat Salmonella in vegetable protein
Lately, in addition to the great demand for additives that fight Salmonella in animal protein industries, many studies are being published in relation to Salmonella also in vegetable protein.
Due to the constant growth in demand for food, soy protein, for example, has been a wild card for different markets and food applications.
In this way, given also the challenges of salmonellosis, soy becomes another possible vector of contamination, especially when not processed or fulfilled according to pre-established protocols.
TNS and the commitment to food security
Whatever the sample or market, the industry requires security to avoid contamination by bacteria.
By allowing a screening fast and simple use of recurrent microbiological samples, TNS has solutions that collaborate in expanding food security population, allowing more agility and speed in the detection of pathogens, enabling:
- Reduction of waste in the industry;
- Increase of control points within your units;
- Reduction of gigantic volumes of disposal of biological materials generated in the usual process.
By combining good management with TNS solutions and preventive measures already used, we reduce the time of analysis, as we increase control.
As a consequence, we have drastically reduced economic losses caused by the increase in costs due to the vulnerability sanitary of the sector.
The use of nanotechnology TNS it can assist in improving the health conditions of industries, which is essential to guarantee food and nutritional security for the population. Do you want to know more about our innovations? Talk to our experts!