A new solution for the preparation and distribution of culture media for food analysis laboratories

“Preparing samples and culture media is often a time-consuming, multi-step process for food testing laboratories, especially those testing large volumes of samples,” said Ian Jennings, director of food testing, biomonitoring, Merck’s life sciences line of business.

Merck announced that its life sciences business has launched a first-of-its-kind solution that instantly prepares and dispenses culture media for use in food microbiology testing. The innovative ReadyStream system underscores Merck’s commitment to customers by improving testing efficiency through innovation.

“Sample and culture media preparation is often a time-consuming, multi-step process for food testing laboratories, especially those testing large volumes of samples,” said Ian Jennings, director of food testing, biomonitoring, Merck’s life sciences line of business. “We are transforming the way QC Labs perform testing by letting the instrument do most of the work, saving lab technicians time, resources and lab space. With traditional methods of microbiological testing of foods, QC lab technicians prepare culture media themselves or use bulky bags of ready-to-use media.

The ReadyStream system highlights several significant advantages over traditional methods, including on-demand availability: up to 100 liters of ISO 11133-compliant culture media can be prepared at the touch of a button right in the lab, at the point of use ; 10x Concentrated Media: Concentrated media is diluted with sterile water to dispense up to 100 L of prewarmed culture media from a 10 L bag (ships dry and reconstituted with the system). Time savings are also increased through automation: autoclaving, powder handling, washing and bottle processing are removed from the process, significantly shortening the multi-step workflow. Increased Convenience – Eliminates the need to handle or move heavy bags of ready-to-use culture media, freeing up additional space in the lab.

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