CASE STUDY

Testing of Fish Meal for Salmonella

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THE CHALLENGE:

A large seafood producer exports fishmeal globally for aqua farming and had strict customer requirements to certify that the fishmeal did not contain Salmonella.
The isolated location of the plant meant that sending samples to a contract laboratory could result in a 5-15 day turnaround process which created a meaningful level of inventory risk. If a positive was found, a large amount of inventory could be compromised.
Seeking to reduce testing times, the customer tried performing on-site immuno-assay (“dip-stick”) testing but realized a consistently high level of false positives resulting in undue waste.
The producer needed an accurate, timely, and easy-to-use solution for on-site testing.

THE SOLUTION:

InstantLabs worked with the client to conduct a validation study demonstrating that the Hunter® system would generate accurate results consistent with samples sent to a contract laboratory. InstantLabs installed the Hunter® system on-site and trained existing staff in less than half a day. Client is now testing and clearing samples in less than 12 hours using the Hunter® system thereby significantly reducing waste and allowing contamination issues to be corrected quickly and cost effectively while drastically minimizing inventory risk.

CASE STUDY

Identifying Pork Contaminated Products

Detect-Pork-Halal-TestingTHE CHALLENGE:

A multi-national nutraceutical manufacturer that sells product into the Halal market was concerned that certain globally-sourced products and components (i.e. gel capsules) may inadvertently contain traces of pork.

Testing and inspections by government entities and consumer watchdogs were increasing and the Company was concerned about protecting its customers, its brand, and its reputation in the marketplace. The client needed an accurate and easy-to-use solution for on-site confirmation that raw ingredients and final products did not contain pork-derived materials. The testing solution also needed to be fast such that it would not disrupt production activities.

THE SOLUTION:

InstantLabs worked with the client to perform a blind-coded study demonstrating that the Hunter® system would generate accurate results consistent with those provided by a contract laboratory. InstantLabs installed the Hunter® system on-site and trained existing staff in less than half a day.

Client is now testing and clearing samples in less than 2 hours using the Hunter® system thereby effectively eliminating risk to its brand and consumers.