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#1 Simon

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:29 PM

Microbial Testing 101 for Compressed Air: Understanding ISO 8573-7
 
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Friday, November 30, 2018 - 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM UK Time
This is a 10.00 AM Eastern US Start
 
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Compressed air and gases are commonly referred to as a manufacturing facility’s Fourth Utility driving the food and beverage industry, but is often overlooked as a source of contamination. International Organization for Standards 8573 (ISO 8573) provides specifications and contaminant categories for compressed air systems, with part 7 focusing on microbial contamination. The focus of this webinar session will be on utilizing ISO8573-7, understanding the science behind it, and interpreting the data results. 
 
 

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 06:42 PM

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SHARON ROSE : Good question Eb Chiarini. I am also interested in knowing if bubbling through sterile water can be used as a collection method
vijay srinivasan narayanasami : we used to do the same tech in my lab with sterile water
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haris vm : we used to do it for our leak dtetector for our bottles
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Rohit Kumar Swain : What is acceptance limit for cosmetic manufacturing plant?
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Monique  Mighty : How do you prevent the colonies from growing on the edge of the plate?
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Dustin Daniels : DOes SQF requirement for air testing have to be complaint with the ISO standard.  I cannot find guidance
Lady Bayon : What types of microorganism is recommended for compressed air testing? Aerobic and yeast and Mold a good option? Should we test before and after replacing the filter?
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Marilyn  Abdessater : Is there a specific method for food packaging manufacturerenvironment testing?  Such as specific indicator bacteria?
Danielea Lindsay : Is reporting results in cfu/plate acceptable?
Rohit Kumar Swain : Q: If count is more then limit, what can i suggest as a microbiologist to engineering team?
haris vm : can we use the compressed air sampler in connection to conveyer
Annie Vorster : An external laboratory tested our air TMC. result on the report said 640 cfu/plate:acceptable. We dont understand the result as there is no total limit included. We have asked but the lab does not answer our question. Does this make sense.
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Ida Parcon : Is there any limit for mould counts in compressed air?
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ASHFAQ HUSSAIN : Hi, please refer ISO std.  for micro load in air bioburden
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Michael Hleba : Maria, what are your thoughts on MERV rating filters for a compressed air system? Same question for microfilters and active charcoal filters on the air compressor/air dryer
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Posted 01 December 2018 - 12:41 AM

1) What is acceptance limit for flavors manufacturing plant? We do compressed air for our drying equipment, where equipment will be used in direct contact with food ingredient/products
 
2) What is the impact on the agar plate the longer you do the compressed air sampling eg. longer exposure would have more micro count? 
 
3) What is the impact on the agar plate the longer you pull the sample, for example 1 minute versus 3 minutes (or 100 L or 1000L)? Does the plate dry out? Should the plate be poured thicker? We know that microbial growth is influenced by available water, so does the water/moisture of the plate impact the count?
 
4) Usually what is quantity(ml) of media need for this technique?
 
5) Do you have any specific equipment you would recommend for compressed air testing for drying equipment in a flavoring manufacturing facility?
 
6) What does OEM= Original Equipment Manufacturer mean?
 
 
8) If i have 3 points of generation, but they all stem from the same source, should i still test all 3 points of generation for compressed air micro standards?
 
9) How often should i conduct compressed air testing for my drying equipment outlet for a flavors manufacturing facility?
 
10) By looking at the plates every day, is there potential to affect the final count? For example, if there is mold-moving the plate around could dislodge spores, those land elsewhere on the plate and grow as a new colony.
 
11) Is Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) the prefered agar for air testing?


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Posted 04 December 2018 - 10:53 PM

 

 1) What is acceptance limit for flavors manufacturing plant? We do compressed air for our drying equipment, where equipment will be used in direct contact with food ingredient/products
 

 

Because ISO 8573-7 does not supply specific limits for microbial content in compressed air, each individual facility should perform a risk assessment and determine what limits are acceptable for their product and system. 

 

 

 

 

2) What is the impact on the agar plate the longer you do the compressed air sampling eg. longer exposure would have more micro count? 
 

 

There is no guarantee that the longer you sample, the more microorganisms will show up on the media. That is a direct measurement of your contamination, not time. The report will always be in CFU/m3 or CFU/1000L if it’s reporting the volume of compressed air and thus extrapolated from the volume sampled. 
 
 
 

 

3) What is the impact on the agar plate the longer you pull the sample, for example 1 minute versus 3 minutes (or 100 L or 1000L)? Does the plate dry out? Should the plate be poured thicker? We know that microbial growth is influenced by available water, so does the water/moisture of the plate impact the count?
 
According to ISO 8573-7, you should report in CFU/m3, whether or not you sample that much air (1000L) is up to your monitoring plan and your qualified piece of testing equipment. If it can’t be done, you may need to extrapolate. For example, you could take a sample of 100L and then multiply. 
 

 

We've performed several experiments to determine if the plate could dry out during compressed air sampling. We found that the plate will not dry out during the recommended sampling process, as the original equipment manufacturer of our rental kit (Pinocchio Super II) has validated and qualified. The plate itself does not dry out even if you have a desiccator attached at the point of use or at the storage tank. Once youve sampled with an impaction sampler, you’ll see dimpling on your agar plate. If you don’t have dimpling, something went wrong along the way.
 
The agar plates are designed with the needed nutrients and moisture to grow microorganisms for counting. As long as the appropriate plates are used, they will work fine with appropriate equipment. Equipment being utilized for colony forming enumeration should have documentation for installation qualification, performance qualification and operational qualification (IQ/PQ/OQ).

 

 
 
 
4) Usually what is quantity(ml) of media need for this technique?
 
This depends on the size of plate used. At Trace Analytics, we use a 55mm contact plate, with filling volume of 17g +2/-1g.  
 
 
 
5) Do you have any specific equipment you would recommend for compressed air testing for drying equipment in a flavoring manufacturing facility?
 
We recommend the SAS Pinocchio Super II. This impaction sampler is appropriate for ISO 8573-7. 
 
 
 
6) What does OEM= Original Equipment Manufacturer mean?
 
Original equipment manufacturer is the entity that created the equipment in use and the instructions and guidelines that they validated for that particular piece of equipment. Most monitoring plans require that OEM instructions and methods be followed without alteration. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

8) If i have 3 points of generation, but they all stem from the same source, should i still test all 3 points of generation for compressed air micro standards?
 
Yes, every piping system can create its own microbial community if allowed to, so its very important to monitor the piping system by sampling each point-of-use, even if they come from the same air storage tank.
 
 
9) How often should i conduct compressed air testing for my drying equipment outlet for a flavors manufacturing facility?
 

 

This depends on your monitoring plan. We recommend conducting a risk assessment to help understand what is right for your facility. SQF and BRC recommend testing your compressed air once per year. Often facilities will test quarterly in order to ensure that maintenance has not affected their systems. Additionally, in order to have a baseline and proper trend analysis, quarterly testing is a great start to building a substantial report of how your facilities compressed air is fairing throughout the year, seasonal changes, personnel changes etc. 
 
 

 

10) By looking at the plates every day, is there potential to affect the final count? For example, if there is mold-moving the plate around could dislodge spores, those land elsewhere on the plate and grow as a new colony.
 
Great question! Each time the plates are checked, they are done so using aseptic technique and handled very carefully by a trained microbiologist. Plates are not opened during daily checks. Colony forming units can be monitored by visual inspection through the petri dish or contact plate. There is rarely a need to open the plate, unless for Gram staining or molecular identification. 
 
 
11) Is Potato Dextrose Agar (PDA) the prefered agar for air testing?
 
PDA is a selective media specifically for the cultivation of fungi (yeast and mold). This is not ideal for total plate count or aerobic plate count because it doesn’t factor in the total bacterial count. If your monitoring plan only requests total fungal count, then this medium can be employed. However, ISO 8573-7 recommends (in an informative section) the use of Sabourand Dextrose Agar (SDA) for fungal cultivation. Non-selective media that will grow bacteria, yeast, and mold that Trace Analytics recommends is Tryptic Soy Agar (TSA). TSA is ideal for total plate count or aerobic plate count. Work with your testing lab to ensure you have the correct agar type for your goals

 
For more information on microbial testing, you can always reach out to us at Trace Analytics

  



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Posted 05 December 2018 - 05:32 AM

Hi Trace Analytics,

 

Thanks for detailed answers.

 

I have a couple of comments to replies for Questions 2, 8 

 

No.2 - I agree that the degree of contamination (perhaps more accurately the concentration of plate recoverable microbial species) may vary during the time of sampling,

 

It's possibly more precise to say that the "contamination" is expressed as an average via cfu/m3.

(haccp would obviously not regard every species as "contamination" from a hazard POV but that is another story)

 

Can such units be set to automatically shut off  after  "X" m3 so there is always a uniform absolute reference volume ?

 

No.8

 

I think POI (point of Impact) is an alternative, perhaps more meaningful, terminology.

 

Might also add that one or two Literature publications suggest an empirical correlation between impact and sedimentation data.

 


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