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Microbial testing with filamentous fungi and anaerobes is driving the food industry

For the food industry, securing timely approvals for food and feed products is power. Hitting a certain window for market launch can be the difference between success and failure. Our fungi laboratory and our facilities for microbial testing of anaerobes are becoming ever more important for clients.  

Most food enzyme applications are produced by filamentous fungi; they sporulate, and the spores can contaminate the entire laboratory if not handled properly. Biosafe's lab team is well-versed in microbiology, molecular biology and toxicology, but to make our results as dependable as possible, we invested in a full-scale fungi laboratory in Kuopio, Finland, where we can handle the production strain and keep other parts of the laboratory clean of possible spores.


We predict that the fungi laboratory will be instrumental in offering food sector players access to enzymes necessary for their operations. In the making of bread and beer, for instance, enzymes have a significant role to play. Thanks to our fungi lab, we can provide safe, cost-effective services for our clients.


Similarly, our anaerobic facilities have been designed to meet a certain need. Some bacteria – known as anaerobes – grow in the absence of oxygen and may even suffer or die if oxygen is present. Anaerobes may be found, for example, in microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. They require special culturing techniques that can only be performed in a laboratory. Biosafe’s lab features modern anaerobe facilities just for this purpose: to culture anaerobes when no oxygen can be present, or in boxes where the cells are exposed to a very small amount of oxygen.

But why is this significant? – Well, because many anaerobic microbes are isolated from the gastrointestinal tract, they are often used as probiotics. Probiotics themselves are living microorganisms that, when ingested, provide numerous health benefits. For instance, dozens of different probiotic bacteria can boost your health.

We have a range of microbial testing services related to anaerobes and can, for example, perform antimicrobial resistance (AMR) tests for anaerobes (e.g. antimicrobial susceptibility test).

Our laboratory work is often instrumental in helping our customers in product development and product approval phases. This expertise enables a product approval process that is both efficient and quick, running smoothly from start to finish.

Our clients have come to depend on our knowledge of, for example, legislative requirements, guidelines, and the EU decision-making process. We find it very motivating when we can solve complex problems, especially when we receive a difficult assignment that has been shunned by other laboratories. We’re always eager to put our methods and know-how to the test and help our customers overcome all hurdles on their way to a successful product launch.

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Jouni serves as Key Account Manager at Biosafe, having become a part of the company in 2013.  Arja joined the Biosafe team as Laboratory Manager in April 2020. Both hold PhD degrees.


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Published: 03.08.2020

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