The global food market is constantly changing, from milder and more sustainable processing technologies to clean label products and plant-based ingredients and dairy alternatives. These trends create new challenges for producing safe, high-quality and taste ingredients and finished food. Unwanted microorganisms in a product can cause a food safety problem, and may result in public health issues, expensive recalls, food wastage – and critical damage to your brand’s image. NIZO’s multidisciplinary capabilities can help you protect your products and brands. We ensure we have the most up-to-date knowledge about microbiological hygiene, as well as residues and chemical contaminants that may be found in milk, dairy products and dairy alternatives.
The use of alternative proteins in food is a major trend in the food industry as feeding the world and sustainability are major drivers for food ingredient and food producers. NIZO focuses on relevant aspects of technologies that enable this transition namely: protein technology, processing technologies, food grade fermentation technologies and the health aspects.
Running full challenge tests on batches produced in NIZO’s pilot plant
Verifying that you can produce a safe, high-quality and stable finished product is fundamental to introducing a new or modified food into the market. Before beginning full-scale production, you want to be sure that your formulation and process are safe from contamination by pathogens or spoilers. After all, fixing problems after the fact is more costly than identifying and addressing them early on – and safety is your license to produce!
NIZO offers both the facilities and expertise to evaluate the microbial safety and stability of your product, from start to finish. In our own, on-site food-grade pilot plant, we can produce small batches, and conduct full challenge tests for pathogens and spoilers. This can include assessing potential inactivation, outgrowth, toxin formation and other product characteristics that are important during shelf life.
With the results, we can confirm that you meet the industry standards for the type of product (whether dairy, plant-based, shelf-stable, etc.) and process. And we can evaluate the effectiveness of your bioprotection, fermentation or other strategy against pathogens and spoilers.
Our multidisciplinary expertise includes food manufacturing, formulation and processing, as well as microbiology, bioinformatics, production upscaling modelling and more. We put it all to work to offer you targeted and practical advice on interpreting the data and developing preventative measures in process and product formulation.
Interpret the data and deliver expert advice on preventative measures