USANeogen Corporation is advancing efficiency in high-volume food safety testing laboratories with the introduction of the Petrifilm Automated Feeder.

This new system enhances the capabilities of quality indicator tests, continuing a legacy of innovation in Petrifilm’s product portfolio spanning over 40 years.

The Petrifilm Automated Feeder is designed to work seamlessly with the existing Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced, aiming to streamline microbial test processing and uphold food safety standards.

According to Neogen, the automated feeder can handle and enumerate up to 300 Petrifilm Plates in just 33 minutes, significantly boosting lab productivity by integrating with current lab workflows and systems. This automation ensures consistent colony counting and reduces manual labor.

Targeting labs that process over 100,000 quality indicator tests annually, the system eliminates the need for technicians to manually load plates, count colonies, and record initial results. This reduction in manual tasks allows laboratory personnel to allocate more time to data analysis, enhancing overall lab efficiency.

“This introduction is the latest step in the history of Petrifilm innovation to help make labs more efficient and productive. By reducing the time burden on technician staff, Neogen is helping labs evolve and efficiently meet growing demands to deliver safe, high-quality food while meeting testing requirements for food and ingredients,” John Adent, President and CEO of Neogen, highlighted the impact of this innovation.

“Neogen is excited to be at the forefront of investments in innovation, microbiology, and food safety to evolve the modern lab.”

Neogen’s integrated solution combines hardware, software, and AI systems, providing an end-to-end customer testing solution.

The Petrifilm Automated Feeder and Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced together address challenges like technician turnover, human error, and extensive training requirements for new staff, enabling lab teams to concentrate on higher-value tasks.

“The ability to load the feeder with up to 300 Petrifilm Plates and then just walk away has been a great time-saver for us. The integrated software allows us to export results directly to our laboratory information management system. Now, we can spend more time on analysis and less time loading plates,” Jon Hammond, a Supervisor at Midwest Labs, expressed satisfaction with the system.

The Petrifilm Automated Feeder represents a significant step in enhancing lab operations, reinforcing Neogen’s commitment to innovation in food safety and laboratory productivity.

In other recent developments, Neogen has also made notable strides in the food safety sector. The company recently secured a contract with the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for its Molecular Detection System.

This system will be the primary method for detecting pathogens like Salmonella and Listeria in meat, poultry, and egg products, reinforcing Neogen’s position as a leader in food safety solutions.

Furthermore, Neogen announced its financial results for the second quarter of 2024, reporting revenue of US$229.6 million. Despite a slight decrease compared to the previous year, the company showcased robust growth in its core segments, including food safety.

According to MarketScreener, the integration of the former 3M Food Safety business and other product lines has been progressing, contributing to this steady performance​.

Neogen’s continuous innovation is not limited to food safety. The company also launched new assays for pathogen testing in the poultry industry and expanded its product offerings in Europe with the introduction of a new disinfectant, Neogen Farm Fluid MAX.

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