Speedy Breedy® is a valuable tool for monitoring and managing microbial activity in a variety of industries, including potable water, food and beverage, brewing, paint and a host of manufacturing processes. Essentially anything that could get contaminated!
Failed batches are very expensive for the manufacturer, while product recalls damage brands and can cause exorbitant amounts of financial damage.
Speedy Breedy generates benefits for its users in several ways:
As a screening tool for contamination
As a quick “look see” in an operational capacity where sending samples to a laboratory in parallel is mandatory
As a risk assessment system for contamination in production lines, such as paint or paper, so remedial action can be taken days before results are received from the laboratory
As a fast test for finished goods, Speedy Breedy can be 4 to 5 days faster than waiting for results to come back from a laboratory
To understand how various industries use Speedy Breedy, please browse the tabs below.
Drinking water quality is a cornerstone topic within the water industry, and is highly regulated. There are many critical control points within the network where contamination could occur. Faecal contamination could be introduced through proximity and run off relating to agriculture, while cracks in underground reservoirs have the potential to allow animal faeces to enter. Wells and bore holes also have the potential to become contaminated.
To measure the effectiveness of remedial action after a failure in the water supply, water samples must be sent to a laboratory for testing. However, sometimes utility companies have to weigh up the operational risk of re-connection against customer inconvenience and resulting brand damage. This can be particularly costly where a "Boil Water Advisory Notice" has to be implemented.
Traditional methods for microbial testing involve taking samples and sending them to a laboratory, then waiting for the results. This can be a lengthy process. Starting a test immediately on site, using Speedy Breedy as a highly sensitive rapid screen in parallel with sending samples to a laboratory, provides water companies with an early indication on contamination and the status of decontamination processes. Speedy Breedy is especially useful where a positive result is detected, as remedial action can be taken considerably earlier, before results come back from the external laboratory, resulting in quicker turnaround of disinfection.
Speedy Breedy also provides large savings in the management of slow sand filters through a reduction of down-time by a day each time a filter is cleaned. The savings can add up to millions of Pounds per annum.
Speedy Breedy can be used as a rapid contamination screening device, as time to detection correlates with degree of contamination. Speedy Breedy can be programmed by users with a detection time that equates to a known contamination level, which represents an acceptable cut-off point ("safe screen"), allowing the user to take action before the test is complete.
In addition to being faster and more sensitive than conventional laboratory techniques, (Speedy Breedy can identify the presence of a single E.coli cfu in 10 hours), Speedy Breedy results uploaded to a PC provides a complete digital audit trail for problematic water networks, sand filters and reservoirs.
Food quality is an enormous issue for the food and beverage industry. Contamination testing is not only vital in ensuring food does not contain pathogens before it's shipped, but is also crucial in ensuring food is not contaminated to preserve flavour, look and consistency - particularly where there is a brand expectation from customers.
Requirements for microbial testing vary from one product to another and may include bacteria, mould and yeast. Traditional methods for microbial testing involve taking samples and sending them to a laboratory, then waiting for the results. This may take up to ten days, during which time the product cannot be released, essentially taking up valuable warehouse space – but more importantly the product cannot be invoiced until it's shipped. Some customers have indicated that reports received from testing laboratories are not informative enough to help them solve contamination problems. Recent FDA research has also shown that lab results analysed over a 14 year period in the USA reported between 5% to 20% false negatives.
To alleviate these challenges, Bactest has introduced Speedy Breedy - an instrument that negates the need to send samples to an external laboratory. Using Speedy Breedy samples can be tested at the point of collection. Speedy Breedy does not require specialist staff to take samples or interpret results, usually cutting down the time to identify contamination by 75%. Tests on ice cream have shown that Speedy Breedy is effective in finding contamination in 10 hours compared with 10 days waiting for results to come back from an external laboratory.
Speedy Breedy is an effective screening device, as time to detection correlates with degree of contamination. Speedy Breedy can be programmed by users with a detection time that equates to a known contamination level which represents an acceptable cut-off point or "safe screen" period, enabling users to take action before the test has been completed. In addition to being more efficient than conventional laboratory techniques, (Speedy Breedy can identify the presence of just one E.coli cfu in 10 hours), Speedy Breedy results uploaded to a PC provide a complete digital audit trail of tests run.
Validated by Campden BRI (the UK's largest F&B research organisation) Speedy Breedy comes with a growing family of helpful user guides for specific types of food and beverage, including ice cream, beer, meat, milk and more.
So whether it's raw ingredients, swabs or finished goods, Speedy Breedy is a fast money saving alternative to sending samples to a laboratory for testing.
Microbial contamination is a common problem in many manufactured products and can come from several sources associated within the manufacturing process, such as contaminated raw materials, process water, process operatives as well as ineffective or incorrect cleaning and hygiene procedures. Correct formulation and dosing of preservatives and biocides in the final product can also affect the presentation and shelf life of many products.
Typical examples of products where microbial contamination is problematic are paints and industrial oils. Water-based paint in particular is vulnerable to bacterial contamination due to its organic components on which bacteria can feed and grow, while industrial oils routinely grow microbes – destroying the efficacy of the oil – despite the presence of biocides.
The economic implications of spoilt batches may be very high, necessitating an efficient contamination detection device to provide early contamination warning. Speedy Breedy fulfils this requirement; it is a portable microbial respirometer which can reliably and rapidly detect the presence of a wide range of contaminating bacteria in a sample, or detect the presence of particular organisms through use of selective media and protocols. Speedy Breedy is able to detect contamination before, during and after manufacturing, as well as monitoring hygiene within the plant and the manufacturing process – efficiently and on-site.
Speedy Breedy can be used for contamination testing of raw materials to prevent contamination at source. It can also be used to monitor the manufacturing process by measuring the bacterial load at critical control points, such as before and after key procedures, components, or after the addition of biocides to the final product.
Speedy Breedy is effective in product formulation when selecting the optimal biocide or preservative for a given product. Correct biocide and preservative selection is essential in preventing contamination and product quality, as not all biocides are effective at preventing bacterial contamination, while others negatively effects the final product. The effectiveness of different biocides and their appropriate concentrations can be rapidly tested using Speedy Breedy. As two tests can be run simultaneously in Speedy Breedy, the user can test a control sample in one culture chamber while running a biocide effectiveness test in the other chamber. The results from both chambers can then be visualised on the software allowing for a quick and direct comparison.
The effectiveness of process controls, hygiene, decontamination procedures and biocides can also be monitored during the manufacturing process, with Speedy Breedy able to be used directly on the factory floor without the associated cost and time implications of off-site laboratory testing.
Common contaminating microorganisms in industrial processes include Pseudomonas, Coliforms, E.coli and Enterococci which Speedy Breedy can detect selectively. Culture vessels with specific media and recommended protocols are available, which enables Speedy Breedy to test for the presence of particular organisms in only a few hours. It is thus a great device for early, rapid detection of problematic or costly contaminants.
Speedy Breedy is the ideal rapid, portable test equipment for bacterial contamination in most industrial applications, reducing the cost and incidence of paint product recall due to bacterial contamination.
Speedy Breedy is used as a screen in many applications in the hospital environment, such as parental nutrition, neonatal water, sterility and hygiene monitoring.
Speedy Breedy is also used by pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and stem cell manufacturers.
Cleanliness and hygiene are priority areas within a healthcare environment, particularly as patients are often more at risk of infection and slower recovery rates than someone not requiring medical supervision. With current constrains and costs in hospital care, increased patient turnover is of paramount importance. The most effective technique for controlling nosocomial infection is to strategically implement Quality Assurance and Quality Control measures to health care sectors. Regular monitoring and evaluating of cleaning protocols can be of huge benefit.
Conventional methods of microbial testing can take days to yield results. If samples are to be sent to an external laboratory, there is a risk of compromising the sample during transport. Though adenosine triphosphate (ATP) tests are widely used, several studies have highlighted many limitations in this technology, such as low sensitivity, poor repeatability, interference with the results when disinfectants and other substances are likely to be present as well as an inability to distinguish between dead and live bacteria.
Speedy Breedy is therefore the perfect portable option for healthcare professionals to carry out hygiene monitoring, though it is not a certified medical device. Speedy Breedy generates results quickly and the “time to detection” correlates with degree of contamination. Speedy Breedy can also be programmed by users with a Detection Time that equates to a known contamination level which represents an acceptable cut-off point or "safe screen" period, enabling users not to have to wait for the test to complete before taking action. In addition to being faster than conventional laboratory techniques, as well as highly sensitive, (Speedy Breedy can identify the presence of a single E.coli cfu in 10 hours), Speedy Breedy results are stored on an SD card, and will be automatically uploaded to a PC upon being connected via USB to the unit, providing a complete digital audit trail. Unlike other methods, Speedy Breedy does not require a trained microbiologist to operate of translate the results.
Parental nutrition is another area where Speedy Breedy can be used to potentially reduce the risk of patient death. Currently certain special nutritional formulations have a shelf life of approximately 7 days. The challenge is that laboratory results can take between 14-21 days to be returned. This means formulations are in fact being administered before confirmation that the product is “safe” to use. Even when expiry dates are longer than 7 days but less than 90 days, the product may still be administered prior to laboratory results being made available. In 2014 headlines broke within the UK when suspected contaminated parental nutrition was the cause of several neo-natal deaths. The MHRA suggests, “for products (terminally sterilised or aseptically prepared) with a shelf life of less than 90 days, it is accepted that the results from sterility test or media simulation may not need to be available or considered as part of the product release criteria”.
However, if test results could be obtained in less than 24 hours, there would be decreased risks associated with untested product, boosting confidence that the formulated product is in fact safe to release. Speedy Breedy makes this possible.
Bactest has a dedicated product, SeaSure, for the Ballast Water sector.
SeaSure® is a fully integrated ballast water testing solution, suitable to be used on board ships, gathering test results on microbial, chemical, salinity and phytoplankton contamination.
This data is collated into a secure report called Ballast Log suitable for audit and encrypted transmission to interested parties, such as ballast water treatment manufacturers, ship owners and Port Authorities.
Using SeaSure ship owners can track whether their ballast water has been treated in accordance with the IMO-D2 and other standards prior to discharge without having to send samples away to external laboratories for testing – test results are available to be distributed to relevant parties before the ship enters port.
Learn more about how SeaSure can help you at the dedicated website.