Contamination of the filling lines in the beverage industry can cause a loss of millions of product units. It can also result in considerable reprocessing, disposal, and product-recall costs as well as damage to the brand reputation and consumer confidence. Media fill tests for beverages ensure that the filling line is not contaminated with spoilage bacteria, yeasts, or molds, during the production of low-acid aseptic beverages.
Our ready-mixed granulated Linden Grain Medium is a high-quality alternative to powdered media and is ideal for the detection of yeasts, molds, and bacteria in beverages. It was successfully developed in cooperation with Coca-Cola HBC AG, Zug, Switzerland, for media fill simulations.
The nutrient content of the medium creates optimum growth conditions for fungi and bacteria. The pH of the medium can be adjusted to the filling line criteria (as low as pH 4.1), allowing the growth of fungi and bacteria that are adapted to grow under highly acidic conditions.
This high-quality medium is safe, easy to use, and ensures reliable results.
Our Linden Grain Medium is typically prepared in large volumes of more than 5,000 liters for a single media fill test – no need to source, buy, mix, and quality control individual raw materials.
Linden Grain Medium possesses properties that make it suitable for microbial testing of ice-crusher installations.
Only carefully selected raw materials are used to manufacture media fills for the beverage industry. Our quality-control procedures include testing the granulated Linden Grain Medium with typical beverage spoilage strains. These results indicate not only excellent performance (see Table 1) but also a level of batch-to-batch consistency that is difficult to achieve when producing Linden Grain Medium by yourself.
Coca-Cola HBC AG, one of the world’s largest cola drinks bottlers, with operations in 28 countries, successfully applies Linden Grain Medium in its aseptic operations.
Typically, a media fill simulation is accompanied by viable and non-viable air monitoring and surface monitoring of the production environment.
In this webinar, we cover the requirements for aseptic manufacturers when selecting media for media fill tests or aseptic process simulations.
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