The BFD-100 is the world’s first handheld device for determining bacterial contamination in raw meat. The non-invasive, fluorescence spectroscopy measurement ascertains the total viable count (TVC) within seconds, but with a level of accuracy similar to standard microbiological methods. The result is displayed in CFU/ cm². The device can handle up to 2,000 measurements before the data has to be transferred to a PC. The TVC results are output and saved together with the temperature, date and time of the measurement and a sequential test number.
The device is easy to clean, maintenance-free and simple to calibrate.
Effective immediately, chicken breast and the silver side of pork can now be tested, expanding the versatility of the BFD-100 beyond minced meat and pork loin. In addition, the company named Dr Christoph Wienken as a managing director, joining CEO Oliver Dietrich on the executive leadership team.
Slaughter operations, inspectors and labs can all use the BFD-100 along every step of the processing chain to detect the total viable count in meat samples. The advantages lie in the rapid measurements (within seconds), ease of use and the low costs, in addition to measurement accuracy comparable to microbiological tests. The new applications allow the device to be used in additional scenarios, thus enabling tight quality control measurements.
“We’re pleased that the new calibration datasets we announced at the Anuga FoodTec are now available,” said Oliver Dietrich, CEO of FreshDetect GmbH. “We are thus fulfilling our promise to develop and offer innovative and practical quality control testing for food products. At the same time we have expanded the executive leadership team with the addition of CTO Christoph Wienken to give the company even more clout.”
Dr Christoph Wienken joined FreshDetect in October 2017 and will remain responsible for the strategic development of the FreshDetect technologies. He will also continue to be responsible for product management. In his new position as co-managing director, he will help Oliver Dietrich in leading the company.