On-site Vs. 3rd Party Laboratory

DID YOU KNOW?

ON-SITE FOOD PATHOGEN TESTING SAVES TIME, MONEY, AND PROVIDES BETTER RISK PROTECTION FOR YOUR BUSINESS THAN USING A THIRD-PARTY LABORATORY

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Test On-Site Using The Hunter System

Fast | Accurate | Easy

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Our Lab-In-Box Makes It Simple

Everything You Need To Start Testing In One Affordable Package

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Most Users Can Be Trained 2 Days or Less

No Science Background Required

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Test And Ship In As Little As 12 Hours

Salmonella | E.Coli | Listeria

SEE WHAT OUR CLIENTSARE SAYING ABOUT ON-SITE TESTING

When we started our hydroponic lettuce range we wanted to set up an in-house pathogen testing program that would give us reliable results quickly, allowing us to protect our business and respond rapidly to any problems. After researching all options and trying different tests, we settled on the Hunter qPCR system. We like the accuracy (no false positives) and reliability of the Hunter system. The ability to have the precision of DNA-based analysis that is fast and can also be easily used by almost any trained employee is ideal. Thank you InstantLabs!"
Hydroponic Produce Grower
You have no idea the time and money an outside lab started to cost us. We were pleasantly surprised that getting testing in house was so easy. And now we are very confident when we release and ship to our food service and retail customers."
Regional Custom Meat Processor
Our brand has taken off this last year as pet owners realize the critical need for real ingredients and the best nutrition. Our brand mission, FSMA and our customers obligate us to provide the safest pathogen free product. The InstantLabs HUNTER we use at our facility has been one of the best things we’ve done to comply with FSMA and zero tolerance for pathogens."
Pet Food Manufacturer

THE TRUTHABOUT ON-SITE TESTING VS. THIRD PARTY (CONTRACT) LABS

  • Myth #1: Third-Party Testing is More Reliable Than On-Site Testing

  • FACT: Testing in-house is faster and equally as accurate as third-party testing. In fact, in-house testing actually reduces your risk by letting you catch problems more quickly so they can be dealt with immediately. This important point shouldn’t be overlooked. Most facilities will see a pathogen issue at some time – and when it happens, it is imperative to detect it as soon as possible. The faster it can be discovered, after all, the faster it can be corrected before it gets out of control. Sending samples to a third-party laboratory delays this discovery. While you wait for results, pathogens could contaminate more and more products.

  • Myth #2: On-Site Testing Requires Significant Capital Investments

  • FACT: Our DNA-based testing technologies require very minimal infrastructure allowing even the smallest operations the ability to set up a laboratory at negligible cost. Your space will need to meet a few simple requirements (such as being located separate from the production area) but these requirements are typically easy to meet in most facilities. Once your lab is up and running, it quickly pays for itself with cost savings, faster results, and peace-of-mind knowing that the food leaving your facility is safe.

  • Myth #3: I'll Have to Hire Lab Technicians to Run On-Site Testing

  • FACT: You don’t need to hire a lab technician with an advanced biology degree to operate your in-house lab. While that was once true, today a staff member with basic food safety knowledge can confidently perform food safety testing. Our AOAC-approved technologies use simple “cookbook” style protocols that are easy-to-follow, fast, and simple. And since most tests require as little as 20 minutes of hands on time, employees can still meet their other important job requirements.

  • Myth #4: My Customer Requires Third-Party Testing So On-Site Testing Isn't Necessary

  • FACT: In-house testing makes sense whether you also use a third-party laboratory or not. Many clients use our Hunter® system in-house to quickly screen food and environmental samples as an added layer of security or as an early-warning system for detecting food pathogen issues. This gives them the confidence to know that their facilities are clean while waiting for third-party analysis results and gives them flexibility to ramp up testing in case there is an issue.

CASE STUDY – ON-SITE TESTING

at a High Volume Fish Meal Processing Unit

THE CHALLENGE:

We received an urgent call from an Alaska based seafood producer who exports fishmeal used globally for aqua farming. They were competitively bidding to supply new customers high tonnage of fishmeal for Asian fish farms. There was a tight deadline for startup and the fish meal producer’s potential customer had the strictest requirements to certify and document product as Salmonella-free prior to shipments.

The producer’s isolated plant location meant shipping samples to a contract lab would take from 5-15 days to turnaround results. The fishmeal would be at considerable risk of spoilage during that period and demands of the new client’s continous operations couldn’t be interrupted. If a positive result was found, a large amount of inventory could be compromised and the client could look for supply options. Initially, they sought to reduce the time to set up a testing method and to get fast results. They tried what they thought would be quick and easy. They chose on-site immuno-assay (“dip-stick”) testing but got stung by a consistently high level of false positives resulting in undue waste during their initial contract period. They truly needed to resolve the situation seamlessly for their client and therefore had with no time to waste.

They wanted an actual quick start up of an accurate, timely, and easy-to-use solution for on-site testing.

THE SOLUTION:

InstantLabs swung into action, conducted an important validation study demonstrating that the Hunter® system would generate accurate results consistent with samples sent to a contract laboratory.

InstantLabs then went the distance—to Alaska, installed the Hunter® system on-site and trained existing staff in less than half a day. The client now tests and clears samples in less than 12 hours. In the context of fishmeal production, InstantLabs has given them the ability to significantly reduce waste and correct any contamination issues promptly and cost effectively. They are satisfying their customer needs and gaining more business.

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