A Complete Manufacturing Approach to Water Activity Monitoring

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Brady Carter, Research Scientist, Decagon Devices

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A Complete Manufacturing Approach to Effective Water Activity Monitoring This seminar will provide information about strategies to control product consistency, quality and safety using water activity testing at key locations in a manufacturing facility. Strategies using water activity to facilitate product development and formulation in the R&D lab will be discussed. Applications for water activity in ensuring the quality and consistency of incoming ingredients at ingredient inspection also will be discussed. Information will be provided on ways for QA/QC departments to effectively use water activity as a release specification during production. Finally, strategies for determining shelf life and monitoring conditions while the product is stored in packaging and shipped to the consumer will be provided. Major Learning Objectives: 1) Critical quality and safety factors that can be controlled by water activity 2) How water activity can replace your moisture content specification 3) Effective use of water activity: - in the R&D lab - for ingredient inspection - by QA/QC as a release specification - in storage and transport Brady Carter, MS is a Research Scientist at Decagon Devices, Inc. Before joining Decagon, he was an Assistant Research Scientist at Washington State University. Mr. Carter received his bachelor degree in Botany from Weber State University in 1997 and his master’s degree in Cereal Chemistry from Washington State University in 1999.

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