Microbiological validation of sterilization processes

Filling plant in a dairy
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The hygienic and safe packing of food products is often challenging. This process step largely determines the quality and shelf-life of the final product. Foods that are fresh or foods that easily spoil such as milk and dairy products must be packaged under sterile or near-sterile conditions. In order to achieve this, the packaging is sterilized just before being filled with the products. Industry uses a variety of machine concepts and sterilization methods for this based on chemical or physical technologies. These must have precise and reproducible effects.

Determination of the efficiency of sterilization methods and filling plants

 

We perform microbiological validations in the form of challenge tests. These measure the effectiveness of your sterilization systems and filling plants. Using defined methods such as artificially contaminated foods and packaging materials, we identify possible weak spots in your filling process and evaluate the overall effectiveness of your sterilization system. Based on the results we give you advice about process optimization and plant design. Simultaneously we offer validation of microbiological efficiency in accordance with VDMA recommendations and technical bulletins.

Packaging material contamination

With controlled germinated packaging materials using standardized testing organisms, we assess filling processes for possible hazard points.

Microorganisms

The results of the microbiological validation are used to assess how safe the disinfection and sterilisation processes used are.

Disinfection with plasma technology

We evaluate the efficiency of new physical disinfection processes, such as plasma technology.

Effective design of packaging processes for microbiological safety

Our offer

  • Verification and quantification of the effectiveness of different sterilization methods in accordance with VDMA recommendations

  • Identification of potential points of microbiological risk in the process chain in the development phase and also on start up on-site and for re-validation purposes

  • Monitoring plant sterilization (sterilization-in-place)

  • On-site validation of the effectiveness of sterilization

  • Development of specific, resistance-tested bioindicators

  • Microbiological tests on packaging materials

  • Assessment of the overall hygienic state of production areas

  • Evaluation of complex cases of contamination

  • Advice on the development of sterilization  systems

Advice about the whole process chain

We can provide you with expert advice

We evaluate the efficiency of your sterilization systems based on microbiological validation. However, as an independent institute we can also provide you with many services in order to ensure the quality and safety of your products at every stage of the value-creation chain.

Contact us

Would you like to discuss your sterilization systems and filling processes with us? Then please get in touch with our experts in the field of microbiological validation.