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Europe: GEA Service exhibits antibiofilm program at show

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GEA Service will emphasize the GEA Safexpert antibiofilm program for the beverage and dairy industry, ensuring that biofilm is no longer an issue in securing superior product quality at drinktec 2017.

Biofilm in the production line is a constant source of product contamination and product loss.

By eliminating biofilm, product contamination will not occur and product loss will be reduced significantly, resulting in consistently high product quality.

During the GEA Safexpert program, the equipment will be screened systematically regarding biofilms and bacteriological species will be identified.

Any biofilms will be removed to enhance the safety and quality of the products. Since biofilm impacts product stability, the solution will also extend the shelf life of the products.

In addition, biofilm-free production requires less clean-in-place, thus extending production time per line and per day.

GEA Safexpert investigates the production equipment for biofilm, biofilm-forming bacteria and also the type of contaminating bacteria that usually develops from biofilm, such as listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, bacillus cereus and pseudomonas aeruginosa.

GEA investigates each line suspected of containing biofilm, according to the assessment.

With an ultra violet lamp for fast detection and next-generation ATP G2 analysis for verification, contaminated lines are identified in just a few hours.

Affected lines are flushed with a patented enzymatic solution that cuts the biofilm open, followed by removal of the contaminating bacteria with a peracetic acid used as sterilant. After the treatment the systems are being inspected for enzymatic residues.