Is Bacillus Coagulans Safe to Use in Processing Plants?
While concerns about probiotic germination within manufacturing environments have been raised, some probiotic strains can be managed effectively. Here is an important detail for processors: Bacillus coagulans spores have not been found to germinate unless the proper moisture level, temperature, nutrient and pH conditions are available.
Bacillus coagulans spores are unlikely to germinate and grow under normal product processing and storage conditions. Additionally, other common organisms, such as mold or psychrophilic bacteria, would propagate before any Bacillus coagulans spores would have a chance to germinate and grow, leaving the likelihood of cross-contamination quite low.
BC30™ Does Not Present Contamination Concerns
BC30™ (Bacillus coagulans GBI-30, 6086) has been used in more than 60 countries and in 300 manufacturing plants around the world. Like many common food microorganisms, including lactic acid bacteria, BC30 is not able to attach to standard food processing surfaces such as stainless steel. BC30 spores and vegetative cells are easily removed from processing surfaces, since cell adhesion and the formation of biofilms are not inherent properties of Bacillus coagulans. BC30 is different from other types of Bacillus, such as Bacillus subtilis, as it does not produce biofilms and therefore is easily cleaned in food manufacturing environments. cGMP cleaning and sanitizing guidelines are available for BC30.