CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, introduce same-shift results with their revolutionary new in-house pathogen testing system. The CERTUS System provides food producers with a superior alternative to third-party testing, delivering swab-to-result in as little as eight hours. Backed by a comprehensive series of tests and assay optimizations, the rapid performing CERTUS System was displayed at the International Association of Food Protection July 8-11, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah (booth #301) with demonstrations every 30 minutes.
Utilizing SERS nanoparticle technology, the CERTUS System features real-time detection which empowers food processors with the timely information they need to keep their products moving and protect their brand from a recall. The CERTUS System's powerful combination of in-house capability coupled with real-time detection means producers have test results in-hand in less time than it takes for a third-party lab to receive samples by mail. By reducing dependence on postage, the CERTUS System eliminates delays and costs associated with mailing samples - including cold pack and hazardous material shipping fees. Small and mid-size producers now gain a significant edge with CERTUS. Instead of paying high rates associated with low-test volumes, the CERTUS System opens the door to a robust and economical way to take control while others are waiting for results.
"The CERTUS System allows you to save money, save time and save your reputation," said CERTUS president, John Coomes. "With in-house same-shift detection, food producers can enhance their quality control measures and establish their reputation as a trustworthy supplier."
As part of its path to AOAC validation, the CERTUS System recently underwent an intensive battery of performance-based tests proving detection of Listeria species at 104 cfu during a standard work shift. Results also show that one cfu of Listeria monocytogenes can be detected in as little as 18 hours from swab to result. In addition, tests clearly demonstrate the ability to detect Listeria in produce wash samples known to have high bioburden. With a range of matrices that includes stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, and concrete sample sites, the CERTUS system provides 98% accuracy, which is equivalent to top competitors.
"While assay optimization is ongoing, this level of accuracy places CERTUS head-to-head with the top rapid pathogen detection systems currently on the market that are much more complex, have longer prep times and require expensive laboratories and technicians," said Coomes.
The all in-house CERTUS System is comprised of the Detection Unit, consumable Detection Kits featuring Bio-Lock Sampling Swabs, and the Control Pad. The CERTUS Control Pad includes complimentary facility management software that enables plant test scheduling, test site result mapping, instant notifications, and remediation management, while automatically recording critical data points that support FSMA compliance and storing data for instant access to reporting.
For more information on the CERTUS System, visit www.CertusFoodSafety.com to request a live-web demo.