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Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee

Mission

Promote the continual improvement of beverage sanitation and microbiological control processes. Provide a forum for exchange of technical information on new or alternative sanitation processes and microbiological insights within the beverage industry.

Current Activities

The objectives / goals of the committee include:

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee is dedicated to promoting innovative sanitation and microbiological control technologies and advances within the beverage industry. The committee meets on an annual basis to provide papers on beverage sanitation and microbiological control topics of interest as well as an open forum discussion. It compiles and provides technical reference information pertaining to sanitation and microbiological control.

To that end, here are the latest activities of the Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee.

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee will present the latest technology and innovations at the BevTech® 2021 virtual meeting. Click here to view the committee meeting agenda as part of the larger agenda, also available through Whova for registered attendees. The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee meeting will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021. The theme of this year's BevTech is Trends and Innovations in Challenging Times.

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee is currently seeking volunteers to help with two key subcommittee activities. The first is updating the ISBT Sanitation Manual and the second is developing a Basics of Beverage Microbiology e-learning course for Beverage Institute by ISBT®. Please reach out to any of our committee chairs if you would like to join one of these exciting committees.

Subcommittees

Please click on the More Information button for additional details about any of these subcommittees. If anyone wishes to join a group, please contact the Subcommittee Chairs.

ACB & HRM (Alicyclobacillus & Heat Resistant Mold) Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: Discusses and evaluates new and emerging information on prevention and testing of ACB & HRM. This subcommittee is dedicated to evaluate and discuss any new and emerging technology or information regarding the prevention and testing of ACB and/or HRM related to quality. ISBT possesses one of the largest ACB culture collections. These cultures are available to all ISBT members free of charge.

The Subcommittee Chair position for this committee is open. If you are interested in the position, please contact the ISBT office at for more information.

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Covid-19 Guidance Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: This subcommittee will develop a best practices guidance document for beverage operations in the COVID-19 pandemic. We will utilize expert sources (such as CDC and WHO) and beverage industry best practices for applying practical solutions. This document may also serve as a baseline response for future pandemics.

Andy Reim

Subcommittee Chair

Andy Reim
Ecolab
Phone: (704) 542-7014

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Education and Beverage Institute Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include:

This subcommittee coordinates the development of education modules and seminar speakers as needed.

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee has developed several e-learning modules. These include:

  • Beverage Sanitation 101 (2013)
  • Packaging Hall Cleaning and Sanitation (2013)

The Subcommittee Chair position for this committee is open. If you are interested in the position, please contact the ISBT office at for more information.

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Sanitation Manual Subcommittee

The objectives / goals of the committee include: Manual revisions were completed in 2006, 2012, and 2015. A new subcommittee for additional updates is being chartered.

The Subcommittee Chair position for this committee is open. If you are interested in the position, please contact the ISBT office at for more information.

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Areas of Interest

  • Alicyclobacillus (ACB) Culture Maintenance and Distribution
  • Validation of CIP Systems
  • Sanitary Design – Challenges and Ways to Improve
  • Biofilms
  • Sanitation methods for cold-filled production equipment
  • Sanitation methods for
    • Cold-filled production equipment
    • Hot-filled production equipment
    • Aseptic processing and filling
    • Filtration equipment
  • Efficacy of cleaners and sanitizers
  • Safety of sanitizers and cleaners
  • Sanitation method validation
  • Microbiology
    • Test methods
    • Interpretation of test results
    • Microorganisms of concern to the beverage industry
  • CIP Methodology
  • Environmental impact of sanitation programs
    • Water management
    • Effluent management — BOD, COD, pH, EC, etc.
  • Microbiological testing methods
  • Interpretation of microbiological results
  • Microbiological ecology
  • The impact of FSMA on Sanitation requirements at manufacturing sites

The Sanitation and Microbiological Committee also works in joint committees. They include:

  • Water — Joint project on sanitation for fountain beverages
  • Sweeteners — Joint project on tanker washout and sanitation
  • Packaging — Joint project on warmer treatment programs

Beverage Institute by ISBT®

The Sanitation and Microbiological Control Technical Committee worked with the Beverage Institute by ISBT® and The Packaging School to develop the following courses:

Introduction to Microbiology

Introduction to Microbiology

If you work in the field of microbiology, these topics will be old hat. But for those of us who are relying strictly on high school biology, we might need a refresher. And this course is just that — an overview of the broad topic of microbiology and how it plays into the food and beverage industry. This course will also cover the various types of microbes including yeasts, molds, and bacteria.

Non-Member: $99
Member: $79

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BevTech Presentations

2019

  • Risk Management of Biofilms in the Beverage Industry — Benoit Duculot (RealCo)
  • New PAA Test Technologies — David Hird (Palintest)
  • Automated Cleaning in the Packaging Environment — Cliff Vaughn (System Cleaners)

2018

  • Increased Efficiency & Quality Control of Food & Beverage Cleaning Cycles Using Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Analysis — Brett Clark (Water Technologies & Solutions)
  • Beverage Spoilage: When Everything Goes Wrong — Emilia Rico (BCN Research Laboratories)
  • Dynamic Flow Monitoring — Barry Sperling (Sealed Air)
  • CIP Optimization — Andy Reim (Ecolab)

2017

  • Allergen Validation and Verification — Tony Lupo (Neogen)
  • Hot Topic Update on Biofilms — Bret Glembocki (Diversey)