Roberts added that “the main advantage of our surrogates is that they are dried and ready to use. Their inoculation with flour is obtained by blending. Our bacteria don’t require a laboratory to be used. It enables to inoculate very easily and precisely small as well as big quantities of food, most of the time directly at the process facilities”.
The results enabled LCI to confirm that the Farigel® process was capable of eliminating 5-log of Salmonella. The Novolyze dry surrogate is uniquely used in the production equipment to create “gold-standard” data for the process validation which is a pivotal benefit for regulatory inspections. This study reinforced the control of the Farigel® process. Desgrousilliers commented: “this is the first time we objectively confirmed that our process is capable of inactivating foodborne pathogens. Beyond the interests linked to the texturization properties of Limagrain’s flours, this confirms the effectiveness of our process as a microbiological critical control point. We give ourselves a little more time before launching new tests with the same method.”
Surrogate organisms are a key tool to ensure food safety. They are used for regulatory compliance (FSMA etc.). However, they can also be of strong help for product and process innovation. Roberts concluded: “the use of our surrogates enables to obtain a more precise vision of a process effectiveness. In a significant number of cases, the use of our products also enabled to optimize treatment parameters with the following outcomes: improved organoleptic and nutritional quality of food, reduced energy expenses and productivity gains.”
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About Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI)
Limagrain is a cooperative group specialized in seeds and cereal products. Limagrain is the 4th largest seed company in the world and the 2nd largest French baker. The company’s revenues reached 2.6 billion Euros in 2016. Limagrain hires more than 10,000 employees including more than 2,000 employees in over 56 countries.
Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) is one of the 13 different Business Units of Limagrain group. As a creator of functional cereal ingredients for the agri-food industry, LCI have a turnover of more than €100 Million, of which 30% from export market. LCI transform every year more than 200,000 tonnes of cereals for the different food markets: bakery, snacks, breakfast cereals, ready meals, dairy products and nutrition. The company has more than 250 employees and 6 production sites.