Geoff Bright, VP, Sales & Marketing
For several decades, the dearth of purpose-built sampling tools has been undermining the food industry’s environmental monitoring capabilities. As most producers rely on adaptations of clinical-specific sampling tools, effective sampling of environments for pathogens like Salmonella and Listeria has proved challenging. This is precisely where Illinois-based World Bioproducts finds its own niche, helping ensure the safety of the world’s food supply with its innovative products for environmental sampling.
Since its inception, World Bioproducts has focused exclusively on designing fit-for-purpose products that address environmental sampling challenges in the food industry. Microorganisms in the food production environments like kitchens are often scarcely concentrated and stressed from nutrient deprivation and exposure to sanitizers. They may also be hiding in hard-to-reach areas of equipment, drains, or HVAC vents that conventional tools cannot reach, nullifying the efficacy of clinical-based sampling tools, ultimately compromising food safety. Furthermore, it’s necessary to ensure the viability of microorganisms during the transit to labs to avoid false-negative results. “Our suite of revolutionary sampling tools is designed to address these challenges, make microbiology sample collection more efficient and reliable, and fulfill the mission of protecting the public health,” says Geoff Bright, VP, Sales & Marketing at World Bioproducts.
World Bioproducts’ patented EZ Reach™ sponge and PUR-Blue™ swab samplers made with medical-grade, high purity, biocide-free polyurethane foam, are ideal for collecting environmental samples. Their highly pliable structure ensures maximum contact with surfaces, making them the go-to sampling solutions for hard-to-reach surfaces, corners, edges, angles, nooks, and crannies. These are also easily compressible, helping them squeeze into the narrow spaces inside equipment used in food production environments. Built with exceptional tensile strength, they allow users to break up biofilms and sample rough surfaces without flaking or crumbling, unlike cellulose sponges and traditional fiber-style cotton or Dacron tipped swabs. EZ Reach sponge’s innovative twist-off head holds the sponge securely and is quick and easy to remove once sample collection is completed.
Being able to use with telescoping extension poles, both PUR-Blue swabs and EZ Reach sponges can safely sample hard-to-reach areas, making them highly adaptable sampling devices.
Our proprietary HiCap™ Neutralizing Broth is a first-of-its-kind solution formulated to meet the exacting demands of food industry’s environmental monitoring programs,” adds Bright. It excels in neutralizing residual sanitizers—quats, chlorine-based sanitizers, peroxyacetic acids, and others—on sampled surfaces and maintain the viability of microorganisms for up to 72 hours. By keeping the pH neutral, HiCap helps recover organisms, preventing false negatives and facilitating accurate quantification of microorganisms. Additionally, the solution is non-allergenic and contains components acceptable for use in food while being compatible with traditional and rapid enumeration and pathogen detection methods. All the ingredients of HiCap are included in the FDA's Everything Added to Food in the United States (EAFUS) list, making it compliant and safe to use in food production facilities.
With such a perfect line of solutions, World Bioproducts serves a broad clientele that encompasses several food producers, commercial laboratories, and diagnostic kit manufacturers. In one instance, the company collaborated with a global food company looking for solutions to improve their operational efficiency and decrease costs. The client needed to deliver samples from their food manufacturing facilities that pan across the U.S. to their lab within 48 hours as required by their existing sampling system. This was a challenge as overnight and ‘same-day-delivery’ shipping methods added to their already expensive processes. Upon identifying their needs, World Bioproducts proposed HiCap and shared data with them to demonstrate its value proposition. The company then deployed its EZ Reach sponge sampler along with the HiCap, providing them with an extra day of protection against shipping delays. Post collaboration, the client was able to reduce their overall costs by eliminating weekend staffing needs, adopting two-day shipping services, and alleviating the requirements for second samples while enhancing their operational efficiency.
Such success stories stem from World Bioproducts’ dedication to providing valueadded products, and sharing knowledge with industry to enhance its capabilities, and help customers get what they need. With a customer-centric approach embedded in its DNA, the company always strives to understand the challenges in the industry and forge its solutions accordingly to address them. World Bioproducts works with multinational customers, helping them implement standardization programs across their locations to ensure uniformity and reliability of their operations. As such, World Bioproducts prides itself on having an extensive network of international distributors that gives the company a global reach and makes it a partner of choice for food-producing companies.
Our proprietary HiCap Neutralizing Broth is a first-ofits- kind solution formulated to meet the exacting demands of food industry’s environmental monitoring programs
Sustainability is another area that World Bioproducts has on its roadmap. Today, the company adheres to its own sustainability efforts like reducing CO2 emissions, using solar energy, reducing energy consumption, and recycling cardboard and plastic wraps. Moving ahead, World Bioproducts plans to support its clients’ sustainability goals by seeking alternative materials and approaches to reduce the use of plastics in its product suite. “By all means, we’re committed to protecting the public health,” concludes Bright.