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At MDG, we make Bacillus cultures and products for a range of industries, including food. When it comes to serving our customers in this industry, specifically those manufacturing probiotics for human gut health, they often ask how we keep their cultures separate from those in the other markets that we serve.

To keep food ingredients safe from cross-contamination, we leverage a dedicated room and equipment for food ingredients and process one strain at a time. We also follow strict manufacturing practices mandated for the food manufacturing industry, including having all equipment cleaned and logged after each use.

How we process probiotic food ingredients

Powder processing starts in the food room at our facility in Oak Creek, WI. The food culture is milled in this room and then added to a dedicated stainless-steel intermediate bulk container (IBC) which we refer to as “R2D2”. Once R2D2 is filled, a special lid is fastened to the top that has dividers acting like paddles to help mix the culture effectively. The IBC is then wheeled over and connected to the blending machine which lifts and rotates the bin, thoroughly blending the culture within the IBC. It’s important to have a blended or homogenized culture as this will provide a consistent Bacillus count throughout the culture powder. After mixing, the IBC is lowered and wheeled back to the food room where the culture is packed into final customer-specified packaging. Once packaged, the culture containers are labeled and placed in a holding area until approved by our Quality Control (QC) team for release. The room and equipment are cleaned, cleaning is logged and verified, and then the room is ready for the next food culture. As an additional check, our QC team will swab the cleaned equipment for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and allergens. Allergen swabbing helps show our team that the processes in place for preventing cross contamination at the milling and blending facility are effective.

MDG is here to help you!

Having dedicated rooms and equipment for food cultures prevents unintentional cross-contamination from other cultures and allergens. If you’re in need of food grade cultures to produce probiotics, we would be happy to give you a facility tour to show you our food culture processes and quality assurance procedures in-action. Contact us and one of our account representatives will be in touch. [post_title] => Processing Probiotic Cultures [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => processing-probiotic-cultures [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2020-09-23 13:06:02 [post_modified_gmt] => 2020-09-23 18:06:02 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.mdgbio.com/?p=5789 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )
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Processing Probiotic Cultures

  • MDG
  • June 16, 2020
At MDG, we make Bacillus cultures and products for a range of industries, including food. When it comes to serving our customers in this industry, specifically those manufacturing probiotics for human gut health, they often ask how we keep their cultures separate from those in the other markets that we serve. To keep food ingredients safe from cross-contamination, we leverage a dedicated room and equipment for food ingredients and process
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A Closer Look at X

  • MDG
  • June 8, 2020
X marks the spot…of some purchasing confusion. A common misconception when comparing the pricing of three different 10X concentrate products is that the “X” in the product name represents the microbial concentration. The X actually represents the level of preservation – i.e. the level of dilution required to make a 1X product. To ensure you choose the optimal product for your business and compare "apples to apples", read on to learn
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Pandemic Recovery and Beyond

  • MDG
  • June 1, 2020
If you’ve tried to buy any hand sanitizer lately, you’ll know how difficult it is to find, let alone at a normal price! While the increased usage of sanitizers and disinfectants may be helping to protect us against the spread of germs, it has had a negative effect on the microflora balance in wastewater treatment lagoons. It’s also inspired some companies to market their bioaugmentation products as new solutions to this problem when
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Clearing Up Fats, Oils & Grease

  • MDG
  • May 18, 2020
Fats, oils, and grease (FOG) that originate from restaurants, residential homes, and food processing facilities are commonly discharged into sewer systems. Picture things like vegetable oil and solid fats, such as lard. They eventually accumulate and can cause blockages in drainage systems, grease traps, and lift stations. Luckily for us (and our customers), FOG and other solids can be effectively broken down, digested and removed with the
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Top 5 Tips to Prevent Back-Ups

  • MDG
  • May 14, 2020
With the current COVID-19 environment, septic tank back-ups may be more concerning than ever before. Septic service companies are in high-demand, more people are home adding materials to the systems limited capacity, and high amounts of disinfectants are being used, all of which are putting home septic systems to the test. Thankfully, there are many proactive measures you can take to prevent an untimely back-up. Here are the top 5 tips to
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Treating Lagoons with Bioaugmentation

  • MDG
Wastewater Lagoons can be found just about everywhere, in different climates and countries across the globe. They're used in wastewater treatment for a variety of different industries and while this means there are some differences in application, we've found that they often fall victim to many of the same challenges. Here's how bioaugmentation and our Biotifx® products like Biotifx 40B work to combat some of these common
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The Science Behind the Stink

  • MDG
  • May 4, 2020
Nobody wants to wake up in the morning to the smell of their pet’s mess. But lucky you, you’re the one who gets to clean it up. Before you run to the cabinet to grab that foaming cleaner with a strong fragranced deodorizer, perhaps it’s best to take a few minutes to understand why your pet’s mess smells the way it does. Knowing this may encourage you to grab a different cleaning option that will do more than mask the odor, it will remove
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Bioaugmentation 101

  • MDG
  • April 27, 2020
Just like you and I, not every species and strain of bacteria are good at everything. We all have a unique set of talents and abilities. Bioaugmentation products are used when you want to improve an aspect of an environment biologically (i.e., eliminate foul bathroom odor, digest complex hydrocarbons in soil, reduce wastewater sludge).
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Plans for Expanded Operations

  • MDG
  • April 23, 2020
MDG provides critical infrastructure products for the animal feed, human consumption, wastewater, and biotech sectors, and demand for supply continues to push MDG’s previous plans for expansion. Further, as supply channels from overseas competitors have become weakened or shut down completely, new inquiries come in each day to the US-based company. Finally, certifications for food manufacturing for cultures used to make probiotics has been
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What is a Bio-Enzymatic Cleaner?

  • MDG
  • April 23, 2020
As cleaning continues to trend upwards, it’s important to understand all the terminology and options in the Industrial and Institutional industry. The term “bio-enzymatic cleaner” is one you’ll come across often, but depending on which customer is requesting it, they may be requiring something different than the next. Here at MDG, we describe bio-enzymatic cleaners as cleaners that use some form of biology to aid in the cleaning
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