20th Jul 2020
Biofilms are proven sources of contamination in the food industry. They can cause additional costs in production and can be a danger to consumer health.
Biofilms are microorganisms that cling to a surface and form a protective layer, the so-called matrix. This matrix, which consists of carbohydrates, proteins and extracellular DNA, protects inhabitants of the biofilm from external influences such as disinfectants, UV radiation and dehydration. Food processing environments offers ideal conditions for biofilm formation.
Biofilms may include spoilage agents and food pathogens such as Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella. If food products come into contact with these biofilms, contamination may occur. Shelf life can be reduced and consumers may become ill by eating contaminated food.
Carrying out a biofilm survey can reduce or eliminate biofilm adhesion in the processing plant before it becomes a problem.
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