Elanco targets beef industry with new products

by Keith Nunes
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GREENFIELD, IND. — Elanco Food Solutions has introduced two new food safety products for the slaughterers and processors of beef products. Finalyse is a pre-harvest hide wash that targets E. coli pathogens on live beef animals as they enter the packing plant. BoviBrom is a post-harvest carcass rinse that reduces E. coli and Salmonella pathogens on the carcass during processing.

The company said Finalyse, which is a mixture of bacteriophages that specifically target E. coli O157:H7 pathogens, is the first pre-harvest hide wash applied as a solution to live cattle in the holding area before cattle enter a slaughter facility. Research conducted at multiple locations — including a commercial beef packing facility — has demonstrated that Finalyse reduces the E. coli O157:H7 burden on the hide and decreases trim-positive rates, according to Elanco Food Solutions.

“Because cattle hides are primary reservoirs for E. coli O157:H7, interventions such as Finalyse can reduce the amount of E. coli on hides, thus reducing pathogen loads coming into the packing facility,” said Tom Nicholson, director of sales and technical services for Elanco Food Solutions. “Finalyse is the industry’s first hide wash for live cattle that’s used as a food-safety intervention to reduce the level of foodborne pathogens prior to animals entering the plant.”

BoviBrom is a post-harvest antimicrobial carcass rinse proven effective against E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, according to Elanco Food Solutions. It dissolves in water to form hypobromous acid, a widely used compound, and has a mode of action that complements both pH- and heat-based pathogen interventions.

When used according to label directions, diluted BoviBrom forms a near-neutral (6.8) pH solution in water that is safe for workers, plant equipment and the environment.

“BoviBrom is less corrosive to plant equipment and floors than current interventions, and there are no acid, steam or odor issues, and there is no meat discoloration or carcass damage associated with commonly used high-temperature washes,” Mr. Nicholson said. “Plus, the BoviBrom Application System easily integrates into high-volume water processes, and configures to existing spray-wash systems with minimal installation, maintenance and space requirements.”

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