John Adent, CEO and Founder
Today, despite the latest technology, novel product forms, detection tools, safety certifications, regulations, compliance, monitoring, and consumer education on food safety, reports about outbreaks of food-borne illnesses have been on the rise. In light of the increasing outbreaks of food-borne disease, growing public health safety concerns, and an increase in consumer awareness—companies are seeking to effectively address the challenges associated with testing their processed and pre-packaged food products for safe consumption. According to a survey by markets and markets, the food safety testing market is projected to grow to $ 24.6 billion by 2023. That being said, factors such as lack of adoption of proper hygiene and poor sanitation practices during production, transportation, and storage have resulted in increased contaminant levels are responsible for large-scale outbreaks of illnesses and poisoning in humans. In addition, urbanization, economically motivated malpractices, and the increasing adulteration level by food companies for enhancing the product shelf life is also among the crucial aspects of steering testing demand.
One company, NEOGEN is not only allowing its customers to produce more efficiently and effectively than ever before but also elevating the current standards of food-safety testing with its innovative solutions. NEOGEN offers a broad portfolio of easy-to-use and affordable solutions that enable firms to detect and eliminate contamination in food products. The company develops and provides a comprehensive range of solutions and services for food processing such as dehydrated culture media, and diagnostic test kits to detect food-borne contaminants such as bacteria, natural toxins, allergens, drug residues.
Helping Companies to take a Proactive approach
The recent overhauls to food safety regulations worldwide, such as the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have shifted food safety culture from reactive to proactive. As sanitation and environmental monitoring tools are essential to maintaining a proactive approach, NEOGEN helps companies to enhance their sanitation monitoring programs, reduce contamination risks and create cleaner environments. The company’s solutions for environmental monitoring, sanitation validation and verification are fast, easy to use and integrate well into any firm’s food safety plan, providing facilities with actionable data to manage their processes.
NEOGEN’s proprietary AccuPoint Advanced Sanitation Verification System (ASVS) is a handheld device that accurately detects Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) from surfaces and rinse water samples. Depending on the application, the company offers a total of three different samples for surface testing, rinse water testing, and narrow openings (e.g. small pipes, fill nozzles). AVSV utilizes ATP bioluminescence to determine the cleanliness of test samples. The amount of light emitted is directly proportional to the amount of ATP detected in a sample. The AVSV measures the amount of light produced and displays it on the LCD in RLUs. According to preset limits, an icon is displayed indicating a pass, marginal, or fail result. These limits can be defined by the operator for specific applications.
Over Three-decades of Proven Experience in the Food Safety Industry
With food borne pathogen-caused illness outbreaks such as Salmonella, E.coli, and Listeria capturing the public attention in great numbers during recent years, companies seek to improve their testing practices and protect products from contamination and spoilage. For more than three decades, NEOGEN has been a trusted provider of accurate and easy-touse food safety solutions. The company's extensive range of solutions encompasses a wide variety of testing options, from tried-and-true traditional methods such as culture media to the latest cutting-edge technological developments against pathogens and spoilage organisms, to suit the varied needs of its customers.
To further illustrate its efficiency, NEOGEN's tests are validated by third-party agencies and government organizations around the world for quality assurance. AOAC International, a globally recognized, independent forum for finding appropriate science-based solutions through the development of microbiological and chemical standards. The not-for-profit global research group offers product development support to manufacturers and developers of products in the food safety, agriculture, clinical, and life science markets. The AOAC conducted a battery of tests to objectively measure five major commercial ATP hygiene monitoring systems. Each system was tested using four different approaches to calculate their accuracy and consistency in realworld simulations. The accuracy of each system was determined by measuring the percent recovery of the commodity from a 4 inch by 4 inch stainless steel surface. The higher relative light unit score on this measure indicated a more accurate representation of the residue present on a surface. While, consistency was determined by computing the coefficient of variation (CV percentage) for the sample set. A lower CV percentage indicated a more narrow range of scores for a given sample and, therefore, a more consistent system.
In conclusion of the tests, NEOGEN's AVSV appeared to be more consistent and accurate in its detection of the amount of ATP on a surface with its patented flat-head samplers. As the first sanitation verification device to be approved by the AOAC Research Institute, NEOGEN's ASVS provides customers high-level assurance to produce consistent and reliable data for evaluating sanitation program effectiveness in food processing and food services facilities.
Creating New Standards of Food Safety
In a recent study by WHO, almost one in ten people in the world fall ill after consuming contaminated food, and 420,000 die every year. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable with access to safe-to-eat food key to a sustainable and healthy general population. With three pandemics in a span of two decades, the frequency of pathogenrelated outbreaks is becoming more frequent. In response, good collaboration between governments, producers and food safety companies is necessary to help ensure food safety. NEOGEN’s goal is to partner with its customers, farm to fork and elevate the world’s standard of food and animal safety. The company provides efficient food safety tests that occupy the forefront of a brand protection strategy for food manufacturing companies as well as help them maintain compliance with the everchanging regulations of food safety around the world.
What started as a small group of individuals that held organization-wide meetings in a single hallway in Lansing, Michigan, in 1982, NEOGEN has expanded into various industries and new states, soon reaching across one ocean, then another. “The company was born from the collaboration between academic innovations coming from Michigan State University and industry partners, and that theme has carried us into today,” says, John Adent, CEO and President of NEOGEN. Fast-forward to the future, the company currently has a presence in over 140 countries and owns various patents and trademarks of its innovative products that are setting the standards in the food safety industry. In recent developments, as the world fights the COVID-19 Pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has expedited the approval of ‘Synergize,’ a multi-purpose disinfectant offered by NEOGEN with intended uses for animal production housing facilities, transportation equipment, and hatcheries.