New: Halal-Certified Dehydrated Culture Media

July 19, 2022 Henri Igna 0 Comments

Merck now offers Halal-Certified Dehydrated Culture Media – a new range of compliant high quality media for hygiene monitoring and microbiological QC testing.

Culture media for hygiene testing or aseptic process simulations could be carrying non-halal ingredients into halal-certified production areas. Peptone media, for example, are primarily made of animal and non-animal origin materials but are nevertheless usually non-halal. This is because the peptone is treated in an early processing step with enzymes of porcine origin. If such media are not specially handled in halal-certified areas, this may compromise the status of the whole production facility and thus of all the end products manufactured in it.

Meeting the needs of halal-certified manufacturers

We have developed a range of fully halal-certified culture media that come with clear information about the origin and processing of each biological component. Manufacturers can use these media for sterility testing in aseptic filling lines or prepare standard agar plates, contact plates, dip slides, and other formats used for hygiene monitoring and microbiological quality control (QC) testing in halal-certified production areas while meeting the needs of halal-certified manufacturers.

These media are:

  • Free of non-halal contamination
  • Certified annually according to JAKIM MS and MUI HAS halal standards
  • Compliant with ISO, EP, USP, JP, and FDA-BAM standards (if designated “prime”)

 

Our high-quality dehydrated culture media

As a leading worldwide supplier of products and solutions for microbiological testing and monitoring in the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries, we offer our culture media as powdered media (NutriSelect® media) or superior granulated media (GranuCult® media).

Our growing range of halal-certified products currently includes:

  • Media for air and surface monitoring
  • Media for sterility testing in pharmaceutical production facilities
  • Media for sterility testing in beverage production facilities
  • Raw materials to produce dehydrated culture media or for fermentation purposes

The culture media we offer are available in three QC levels, indicated by the brand extensions basic, plus, and prime. These reveal the degree to which they are compliant with international regulations. The prime level, for example, covers the full compliance spectrum of food, beverage, and pharmaceutical standards, including QC release under ISO 17025 accreditation for culture media described in food and beverage standards.

List of available halal-certified culture media and products:

Article numberProductApplicationsRegulatory compliance acc.
104316
500 g + 5 kg
Buffered Peptone Water halal acc. ISO 6579, ISO 19250, ISO 21528, ISO 22964, ISO 6887, FDA-BAM and EPGeneral sample diluent, surface swabs
Food & Beverage
ISO, FDA-BAM, EP
104317
500 g
Tryptic Soy Agar halal acc. EP, USP, JP, ISO and FDA-BAM Total aerobic counts
Surface & Air monitoring
Pharma & Cosmetics
EP, USP, JP, ISO, FDA-BAM
104323
500 g
Tryptic Soy Agar halal with Lecithin and Polysorbate 80 acc. EP, USP, JP, EN 17141 and ISO 21149Total aerobic counts
Surface & Air monitoring
Pharma & Cosmetics
EP, USP, JP, ISO
104324
500 g
Plate Count Agar halal acc. ISO 4833, ISO 17410 and FDA-BAMTotal aerobic counts
Surface & Air monitoring
Food & Beverage
ISO, FDA-BAM
104326
500 g
Tryptic Soy Broth halal acc. EP/USP/JP, ISO and FDA-BAMGeneral sample diluent, Surface swabbing
all industries
EP, USP, JP, ISO, FDA-BAM
104327
500 g
YGC/OGY Agar (base) halal (Yeast extract Glucose Agar base) without antibiotics, acc. ISO 6611 I IDF 94Yeast & Mold counts
Surface & Air monitoring
All industries
EP, USP, JP, ISO, FDA-BAM

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