One bacterium can multiply to more than 30,000 in five hours and more than 16 million in eight hours. If these bacteria then create a biofilm, standard sanitation chemicals may not remove it.
If contamination levels are high or sanitation procedures are inadequate, microorganisms may grow and contaminate food products leading to a foodborne illness outbreak. This article covers how to build and execute an EMP, when to conduct microbial and ATP testing, and enumerates the advantages of in-house environmental testing over 3rd party testing.
Selecting a quality luminometer and tests is the only way to understand if sanitation procedures are truly effective. Implementing the next level of ATP analysis will bring your product to the next level of hygiene, mitigate the inherent risks of food safety, and protect your family and children from preventable hazards.
Charm Sciences celebrates 43 years in business. Customers rely on Charm quality and innovation thanks to a dedicated team of life-long employees and distributor partners.
Charm is proud of our on-demand manufacturing capability adapting as market trends change and providing food safety diagnostic solutions to over 100 countries.
We appreciate the opportunity to support our customers’ food safety programs to help protect the consumer and brand integrity for years to come.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), foodborne illnesses cause an estimated 600 million people to fall ill each year, which is almost one in every ten people worldwide. They estimate that 420,000 people die each year, with 40% of those being young children under the age of 5.
Charm Sciences helps protect consumers, manufacturers and global brands from a variety of issues through the development of food safety, water quality, and environmental diagnostic tests and equipment.
We are trusted by governments, organizations, and consumers around the world. We’re trusted because we’re completely focused on the betterment of the industry. We share innovation, best practices, training, and technology with our customers in an effort to further global—and local—best-in-class food safety programs.
Our food safety customers trust our solutions because they are 100% accurate, easy to use, and tailored to be the exact fit for their needs. In fact, because of our commitment to food safety, never in the history of Charm, has a single Charm customer had to manage a product recall while actively—and properly—using our solutions.
Founded in 1978, Charm Sciences has made the science of food safety a way of life. From source to global supply chain to refrigerator, Charm is committed to developing, delivering, and supporting the very best in safety practices, technology and solutions for the dairy, food, and grain industries.
From Massachusetts to Australia, Charm Sciences Provides End-to-End Food Safety Solutions
The issues facing the global dairy industry, coupled with an ever-shifting landscape demand that you use an agile and accurate testing methodology, tests, and equipment to meet them. 75% of the world’s raw milk is tested with one of Charm’s kits. Wherever you’re located, whether you’re testing cow, goat, sheep, or camel-based dairy products, we’ve got you covered.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The global demand for food variety has grown, placing pressure on food suppliers at all levels. Differing regulations and standards make food safety and consistency a challenge that can be difficult to meet. In response to this need, Charm has developed a number of solutions specific to food suppliers. From Sanitation and Hygiene to Antibiotic/Mycotoxin, Pathogen and Allergen tests, we have the science-based test to give you—and your customers—peace of mind.
Global feed and grain challenges haven’t just hit human-products like dairy and food. Animal feed and grain has been impacted as well, leaving farmers everywhere working to address these challenges and regulations on their own. Charm helps meet this need with accurate, easy-to-perform, rapid tests for mycotoxins, antibiotics and pesticides—and more.
The customizable Myco Case neatly holds everything needed to run Charm’s trusted Rapid One Step Assay (ROSA) mycotoxin tests: a Charm EZ-M system, ROSA Quad Incubator, printer, Bluetooth Adapter, centrifuge, pipettes, graduated cylinder, and all disposable supplies needed to run the test.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) has renewed the usage of the ROSA® WET®-S5 Zearalenone Quantitative Test. USDA-FGIS operates and oversees official grain inspection services throughout the United States and will use the ZEARQ-WETS5 test for official zearalenone testing.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) has renewed the usage of the ROSA WET-S5 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test. This lateral flow test was first approved in 2014, again in 2017, and is reapproved for the detection of aflatoxin in barley, brown rice, corn, DDG, DDGS, hominy, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat.
Ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages have been validated on the Charm EPIC Microbial ATP System for use as a rapid microbial release test. Extensive testing was performed with over ten different microbial strains, all of which the EPIC successfully detected in a wide array of RTD coffee products, including black coffees, coffees with dairy creamer, and coffees with plant-based creamer.
The novaLUM II-X system makes sanitation verification, corrective action, and documentation easier than ever
The novaLUM II-X system builds upon Charm’s trusted ATP (adenosine triphosphate) detection technology with sophisticated new software, resulting in a powerful system that not only optimizes sanitation monitoring, but utilizes collected data to help users evaluate and improve their sanitation programs. As a result, companies are able to reduce microbial challenges, improve product quality, reduce customer complaints, and extend product shelf life.
Charm ROSA Beta-Lactam 30 Second Test Approved by the NCIMS and Certified by AOAC-RI for Screening Milk Tankers
Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Charm ROSA® Beta-lactam 30 Second Test (BL30SEC) has been accepted by the 2019 National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments for screening milk tankers according to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance Appendix N requirements
Charm Sciences Awarded Certificate of Conformance by USDA-FGIS for Test for Feed and Grain (OCHRAQ-G)
Charm Sciences is pleased to announce that in August it was awarded a Certificate of Conformance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) for the ROSA® Ochratoxin Quantitative Test for Feed and Grain (OCHRAQ-G).
Charm Sciences announces the new MycoTube Portable Aflatoxin Screening test, the only five-minute field test for detection of aflatoxin in grains and feed.
The MycoTube test is simple to perform and is ideal for use in the field, as it does not require any specialized equipment, solvents, or electricity, and provides results at detection levels between 10 to 100 ppb. Results are available in as little as five minutes.
Today, Charm Sciences announces the introduction of a new AOAC – OMA- approved Peel Plate® EB Microbial Test for use in the poultry processing industry. The new test allows processing facilities to perform indicator tests onsite and provides quick, clear, and easy-to-interpret results.
ROSA WET-S3 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (AFQ-WETS3) has been reapproved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) for the detection of aflatoxin in corn. The test was awarded a Certificate of Conformance by FGIS, indicating that it meets all FGIS performance requirements, and may be used for official inspection. The AFQ-WETS3 test was first approved by FGIS in 2016.
Meet Charm Sciences
The team at Charm Sciences has a vision—to apply science to deliver safer food to those who need it—and over the last 40 years, every one of our customers and employees play a key role in accomplishing this.
Today, over 75% of the global raw milk supply is tested with Charm products.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne maladies.
More than 50% of waterborne illnesses are caused by viral pathogens.
About 48 million people in the U.S. or 1 in 6 get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year.
“Our experience with the Charm products and organization have been outstanding. Their commitment to training our associates on the equipment during the start-up of the program and ongoing as new people have come to the organization has been second to none. They are extremely responsive to site/location needs for equipment and products and have been a key driver in the improvement of our Quality and Food Safety programs.”
QA Cheese Division | Fortune 100 Company
New Patent: Simultaneous Incubation and Read
We are pleased to announce the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 10,254,233. This is Charm’s second U.S. patent issued covering its growing reader/incubator patent portfolio.