Spore-forming Bacteria Can Be a Tough, Hidden Menace in Food Processing

Microscopic image of red, rod-shaped bacteria spores on a light blue background. Spore-forming bacteria can be a tough, hidden menace in food processing.

Bacteria survive in some of the toughest environments on Earth. One of the key ways it survives these harsh environments is its ability to form spores or Endospores. Mold and plant spores aid in reproduction. Endospores are similar in structure to mold and plant spores but serve to protect bacteria whereas spores in mold and […]

10 Places to Find Biofilm In Pork Plants

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Improving Food Safety in Pork Processing Protecting human health, minimizing food loss and food waste, and reducing equipment damage are top priorities for all food manufacturers, but protein processors face the most challenges when it comes to eliminating pathogens such as E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria. A variety of factors such as incoming pathogen loads […]

Are Biofilms Costing Your Operation?

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Four Ways Biofilm Impacts Operational Efficiency Biofilm is a major concern to the food industry. Its invisibility and therefore lack of easy detection on food and non-food contact surfaces often leaves food processors uncertain over its presence or absence — especially when an unexpected microbial problem strikes an operation. Addressing microbial positives can be one […]

National Ice Cream Month Dairy Sanitation Tips

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We celebrated National Ice Cream Month in July 2021, and each week we introduced a Sterilex team member on social media, asked our followers to guess their favorite (or least favorite) flavor of ice cream and shared a dairy sanitation tip. We didn’t want you to miss out on the fun, so we created a […]

Make Every Drop Count

Save Water and Money with Sterilex Ultra Step Water shortages are a major global issue — affecting 40% of the global population — and are projected to rise. Cargill, Tyson, Nestle, Coco-Cola, Kraft Heinz, and other food producers have aggressive water sustainability goals in their efforts to balance water use and water quality and reduce […]

Biofilm Basics: Seeding Dispersal and System Seeding

In most processing and environmental facilities, biofilm lurks as a hidden menace hiding in areas that are tough to reach and harboring dangerous pathogens that can be a cross-contamination risk. If we look deeper into the life cycle of the bacteria within a biofilm, we find another layer of hidden peril, seeding dispersal. In our […]