Neogen® recognises the diversity of the confectionery industry and the resulting differences between the industry sectors when it comes to food safety. For confectionery products, including chocolate and sweet confectionery, Neogen offers test kits that assist manufacturers with HACCP planning and quality assurance.
The increased demand by consumers in recent years for healthier products has also affected the confectionery industry. Recipes have seen changes including the higher demand for dark chocolate. Accordingly, the food safety testing needs for the products have changed as well and Neogen offers a variety of testing solutions to meet the changing demands of the confectionery industry.
While allergen testing is important in all food production, within the confectionery industry it is especially important for chocolate manufacturers. In this sector, many opportunities arise for unwanted allergen contamination.
Neogen’s allergen testing kits can help detect undeclared allergens in raw materials as well as allergens that are unintentionally added during the production processes or during storage.
Neogen’s food allergen test kits can detect nuts and milk among others. Neogen also offers rapid food allergen tests that can tell the manufacturers in a short time, if an unwanted allergen in present in the chocolate.
For food manufacturers within the confectionery industry it is of great importance to create and monitor stringent hygiene guidelines. Neogen offers the first AOAC approved ATP testing system, AccuPoint® Advanced, which can help manufacturers validate their cleaning methods. It also assists with the monitoring of a cleaning plan created according to HACCP guidelines. The AccuPoint Advanced Hygiene Monitoring System from Neogen also allows manufactures to test the cleanliness of their production equipment and facility and approval from the AOAC Research Institute confirms that AccuPoint Advanced performs according to documented claims and provides increased confidence and method reproducibility information.
Neogen understands that a large quantity of the ingredients that chocolate manufacturers work into their products are raw materials, such as cocoa beans and almonds, which increases the risk for Salmonella and E. coli contamination. Neogen’s Acumedia® provides a wide range of dehydrated culture media which can be used to detect Salmonella and E. coli among other things.
Mycotoxins are an ongoing threat in the confectionery industry which needs monitoring as chocolate and sweet confectionery can be affected. Neogen recognises the different food safety testing needs of each industry sector and offers quantitative and qualitative tests for a wide range of mycotoxins so manufacturers within the confectionery industry can ensure their compliance with legislative levels.
Ingredients that are used in chocolate production, such as almonds, can be affected by aflatoxin or ochratoxin A. Neogen’s testing kits can help ensure ingredients are not delivered containing mycotoxins or that mycotoxins have not grown during the storage of the product.