Heateflex Corporation has launched a product designed to streamline the media preparation process in food testing labs.
Heateflex’s new Demeter Food Microbiology Automated Media Preparation System automates the traditionally manual, dehydrated media reagent step for increased testing throughput and accuracy.
The system records the volumetric amounts and temperatures (NIST traceable) used in a test, feeding that information into a laboratory information management system (LIMS), streamlining recordkeeping for regulatory compliance.
Testing for pathogens has been a slow, manual process, with risks of human errors. Long incubation times are typically required for media preparation, and the extensive use of autoclaves at various steps in the process is time-consuming and expensive, said the firm.