The personal care, cosmetic and household item markets have various regulations around contaminants and allowable levels of microorganisms in various products. Neogen® provides platforms for microbial limits testing and sanitation verification that can help verify that products meet regulations as well as improve throughput. Neogen’s BioLumix® system helps companies meet USP testing criteria, specifically USP <51>, <61>, and <62>. The BioLumix system performs preservative efficacy testing, rapid yeast and mold testing, objectionable organisms testing as well as challenge testing for cosmetics.
Using Neogen’s BioLumix system, much of the materials and labor are reduced when it comes to USP <51>. The automated system helps track microbial log reductions over the course of the 28-day-test by reducing labor by nearly 60%.
Sanitation and hygiene is a critical part of cGMPs for the personal care products industry. Neogen’s ATP system, AccuPoint® Advanced, delivers a sanitation program to gain ATP testing metrics and begin improving and verifying SSOPs and hygiene requirements. Industry leading innovations of AccuPoint Advanced include approval from the AOAC Research Institute, RFID technology, liquid stable enzymes to improve accuracy and reliability and industry leading Data Manager Software.
USP <61> and <62>
Microbial limits, microbiological examination of nonsterile products, and objectionable organisms are often the critical release criteria for personal care products. Traditional methods can take as long as seven days for results, but when using the BioLumix system, results are automatically generated for these assays in 48 hours.
Challenge testing or preservative efficacy testing can be a very laborious and complex to complete even for very experienced organizations. The automatic interpretation of the BioLumix system at each time point of 7, 14, 21 and 28 days, helps make this process easier to complete by reducing hands-on time and labor time. The system eliminates the need for multiple dilutions at each time point as well as multiple plates, which helps reduce the cost of materials by nearly 30%.