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The TEMPO instrument is the food industry’s automated quality indicator testing system for the enumeration of quality indicator organisms in food and environmental samples. TEMPO automates food safety testing for total viable counts, coliform counts, generic E. coli, and Enterobacteriaceae, lactic acid bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, yeasts and molds, Bacillus cereus and now Campylobacter spp. Enumerating these organisms is important to a food quality lab to provide evidence of process control, effectiveness of interventions, and an indication of product spoilage and safety. 

Time management is crucial in the agri/food industry. TEMPO helps you:

  • Speed up the selection and management of raw materials
  • Accelerate corrective action in the case of non-compliance
  • Expedite product release, especially for re-tests
  • Accelerate stock rotation
  • Rapidly respond to regulatory guidelines and customers' requirements 

TEMPO helps gain time for other tasks:

  • Assess production process to better understand and anticipate possible non-compliance
  • Carry out trend analyses of results
  • Revisit HACCP plan and monitor the critical control points
  • Improve the training of production personnel in microbiological risks
  • Reinforce food pathogen control plan or increase chemical analyses
  • Increase testing analyses

Key features

BioMérieux innovates by proposing specific culture media which allow rapid bacterial growth. bioMérieux miniaturized the Most Probable Number (MPN) method with 16 tubes in a single consumable, the TEMPO card.

  • The card, at the heart of the TEMPO system, offers the precision of the 16-tube MPN method without the usual tedious preparation.
  • Each medium contains a fluorescent indicator based on the formula of traditional culture media and bioMérieux’s expertise in bacteriology.
  • Each well in the card corresponds to a dilution tube and the size of the well corresponds to 1 to 3 levels of dilution.
  • After distribution of the culture media-sample mixture in the wells of the card, the bacteria multiply during incubation and metabolize the culture media.
  • According to the number and size of the positive wells (fluorescent or non-fluorescent), the TEMPO system uses statistical methods to calculate the number of microorganisms present in the initial sample.
  • The final result is expressed in CFU/g.

TEMPO® - Microbial enumeration in food products

  • Agriculture
  • Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Education & Academics
  • Environmental
  • Food & Beverage
  • Medical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Service
BioMérieuxA global leader in in vitro diagnostics for more than 50 years, bioMérieux has always been driven by a pioneering spirit and unrelenting commitment to improve public health worldwide. Today, in more than 150 countries through 42 subsidiaries and a large network of distributors, bioMérieux provides diagnostic solutions that improve patient health and ensure consumer safety.