The Parker Balston CAMTU Microbial Test Unit allows users to quickly test contamination levles in compressed air that comes into contact with food and food contact surfaces.
The warm, dark, moist environment inside a compressed air system provides the perfect conditions for microbes to flourish and grow. These bacteria get compressed along with the air and begin their journey through the compressed air system. Introducing this type of microbial contamination to food products is very risky and would be considered as lack of control by the facility. It is not always apparent where the compressed air is contacting the food. Working surfaces like counters and conveyors are obvious and manageable contact points. However, air is invisible, and leaves no visible trace where it contacts the food, food contact surfaces, or the packaging.
Currently the only devices capable of sampling compressed air systems for microbes are expensive, cumbersome, require legthy sample times and extensive training.
The CAMTU is portable, weighing less than one pound, and is supplied complete with connection tubing, shut off valve, pressure regulator, and metering orifice.
To obtain a sample, simply plug the CAMTU into the compressed air system, expose the petri dish for 20 seconds, and then incubate the dish for 24 - 48 hours.
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