bioMérieux launches test for rapid enumeration of total flora in food products


TEMPO AC automated test will help agri-food laboratories save time and release their product faster

bioMérieux, a world leader in the field of in vitro diagnostics, launches TEMPO AC, a new automated test that enumerates total flora in food products and environmental samples in 24 hours. With its fully automated reading, this new TEMPO test will help agri-food laboratories to save time and release their product faster. TEMPO AC has already obtained the AOAC RI (Research Institute) validation.

TEMPO AC innovation

The new TEMPO AC test allows the enumeration of total aerobic mesophilic flora in as little as 24 hours. With such a solution, laboratories can provide information more rapidly to their customers, accelerate corrective action plans for out of specification results and speed-up the time to market, where positive release is a requirement.

Total flora enumeration represents 25% of the daily analysis conducted in a microbiology laboratory. It gives a global overview of the contamination of a product and therefore of its commercial and hygienic quality. The traditional method based on PCA plates is cumbersome and slow, giving results in 48 hours for BAM and 72 hours for ISO. This leads to a heavy workload for laboratories.

The fully automated TEMPO system, based on traditional MPN (Most Probable Number), ensures optimal user convenience, reduced hands-on time and faster turnaround time for accurate and standardised results. TEMPO AC (aerobic count) completes the system’s menu, covering most quality indicator testing needs: TEMPO EC (Escherichia coli), TEMPO TC (Total Coliforms), TEMPO CC (Coliforms Count), TEMPO STA (Staphylococcus), TEMPO EB (Enterobacteriaceae), TEMPO YM (Yeast and Mould) and TEMPO LAB (Lactic Acid Bacteria).

‘The automated TEMPO system meets the needs of our customers in the food industry with a cost-effective solution that is less time-consuming and labour-intensive than traditional methods,” says Jean-Marc Durano, Corporate Vice President, Industrial Microbiology Unit. ‘This new TEMPO test reflects bioMérieux’s commitment to always propose solutions to help improve food safety.’

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TEMPO AC is already AOAC RI validated for a wide variety of food matrices, petfood and environmental samples.