Cereals are generally of the gramineous family and include cereals harvested for dry grain only, as referred by the Food and Agricultural Organization. One of the latest forecasts sees world cereal production standing at 2,600 million tons, which has been steadily growing over the last 10 years.
Cereals play an important role in today’s food for human consumption as well as animal feed and pet food. The cereal industry supplies countless food manufacturers with cereals, grains or primary processed products, such as flour.
The main challenge that the cereal industry faces is to constantly ensure the quality and safety of cereal grains throughout the supply chain while complying with regulations and remaining profitable. Due to the danger posed by contaminants in cereals, there are strict regulatory limits worldwide. To help with these safety requirements, Neogen® offers a comprehensive range of test kits adapted for the cereal industry from mycotoxins testing through allergen testing and more.
Since the banning of the use of ruminant by-products in Meat and Bone Meal (MBM) in 1988, it is of utmost importance that the raw materials carrying a contamination risk (cross-contamination or otherwise) have undergone systematic verifications. In order to respond to these challenges in animal feed or pet food, Neogen has testing kits to support your needs.
Cross contamination in the cereal industry is a prevalent issue faced by manufacturers. This may occur when different cereal grains are mixed on production lines, in turn causing safety concerns. Neogen offers a large range of test kits and services for allergens including gluten and nuts, which are currently the main allergens of interest to the cereal industry.
The demand for “free-from” cereal products has increased due to enhanced diet restrictions, including the emergence of gluten-free and nut-free cereals. Supported with numerous validations on cereal based products and commodities, Neogen’s qualitative and quantitative tests kits can support your allergen testing requirements.
Clean, sanitized surfaces are at the base of every food safety program. Neogen’s AccuPoint® Advanced system measures adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP) to determine the amount of organic residue remaining after cleaning. The system is approved by the AOAC Research Institute and provides accurate ATP testing for cereal manufacturers and is an instant determination of cleaning efficacy to monitor adherence to a facility’s S.S.O.P.
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If you are looking for a contract laboratory service partner, Neogen’s UK based food testing laboratory offers analysis for allergens, GMO, Marine Biotoxins, Mycotoxins, Norovirus and Meat Speciation. We can offer a variety of turnaround times and our continual investment in new technologies ensures our range of UKAS accredited testing addresses existing and emerging food safety testing requirements.
The main issues with microbial contamination of cereals are heavily linked to the environment in which the cereals are handled or stored, and subjected to risk factors such as human or animal faecal contamination, or chemicals, such as fertilisers. If no controls are in place, the contaminated raw material can potentially find its way in the finished product, especially if the cereals are not being processed. Neogen can support your microbiology testing with microbiology methods to suit any needs.
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by fungus and are also known as moulds. These are the most common food safety concern for the cereal industry due to their harmful and toxic nature when ingested by humans and animals. Mycotoxins can be produced wherever fungi growth conditions exist, for example, in pre-harvest grains in the field and in post-harvest grains in storage.
These toxins include aflatoxin, deoxynivalenol, fumonisin, ochratoxin, T-2 / HT-2 toxins and zearalenone, all of which are subject to strict level limits from world bodies in cereal grains including wheat and corn.
Regular testing through Neogen’s quantitative methods can help to ensure raw materials and processed cereals do not contain mycotoxins above the maximum levels. These tests can be used on-site or in a laboratory to support your testing needs.
Because of its ease of use and clarity of result, many companies prefer to utilise our self-contained protein detection tests for their hygiene monitoring programmes. AccuClean® Advanced is intended to be used as a simple method to determine the cleanliness of food contact surfaces and equipment. AccuClean Advanced is housed in a fully self-contained cartridge that once activated, changes colour to indicate the relative level of protein detected on a sampled surface.
After 10 seconds, the solution is compared to a colour comparison chart for interpretation. If no protein is detected, the solution in the bottom of the cup will remain copper-coloured to indicate the surface is clean. A colour change to grey indicates low level protein has been detected, while a change to green/blue or blue indicates a higher level of protein detected.