Carrying out a range of trials to determine the shelf-life of a product can be very time-consuming - especially when developing new products, when a range of alternative scenarios might be under consideration.
Predictive microbiology is the computer simulation of the growth of microorganisms in foods in response to temperature, pH (acidity), oxygen levels, and preservative factors such as salt and sugar. This allows a more targeted approach to challenge testing or other shelf-life testing. Parameters such as lag time, and time to reach a specific level can be predicted. As well as comparing different virtual versions of new products, predictions can also be used in troubleshooting, where a production problem such as increased storage temperature has occurred.
Campden BRI has developed a suite of predictive models for different product groups and for different organisms. Download the Campden BRI Predictive microbiological models PDF.
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Campden BRI (Chipping Campden) Limited is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1079 Campden BRI (Nutfield) is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 1207