A new product aiming to protect seafood packaged in reduced oxygen environments has just been launched by Timestrip, a leading developer of smart indicator technology. Timestrip Seafood will be able to detect breaches in temperature during processing and transport, making it safer for products such as crab meat and scallops to be delivered.
Some of the advantages of using Timestrip Seafood are their very long shelf life and the lack of special requirements for transport or storage prior to activation. They are also low cost and simple to use.
The indicators installed in the solution provide a reliable signal when the food is stored above 3oC, conditions under which the food can develop Clostridium botulinum (C. bot) bacteria, which is responsible for food-borne botulism.
Timestrip has also developed a special adhesive for the self-adhesive indicators used in seafood applications to protect them in the wet environment of processing. The company even optimised the labelling on the front of the Timestrip Seafood indicator, after consulting with the FDA, to let processors know when a breach event had occurred and when the product should be discarded.
We are delighted to have introduced this product ahead of Seafood Expo, said Timestrip CEO Reuben Isbitsky. It will make an important contribution to controlling C. bot borne infection in many seafood lines.
Extensive quality assurance checks have been carried out to ensure that all FDA requirements are met for products used in connection with C. bot. The product is seeing strong demand from scallop, crab, and similar seafood processors. One of the early customers of Timestrip Seafood is South Bend Products from Washington, which are using the product on crab meat that is packaged in a reduced oxygen environment.
The activation tools are available to automate the activation, conditioning and application process for the indicators. Timestrip is available in two formats: singles in packs of 100 or on tolls of 4,000 units for ease of use by processors.