FAQ’s for Precise

What is the shelf life of Precise Thick-N INSTANT?

The shelf life is 12 months from date of manufacture whether the bottle has been opened or not, and can be found on the rear label.

Can fluids be frozen once they have been thickened with Precise Thick-N INSTANT?

Yes, once thickened with Precise Thick-N INSTANT fluids can be frozen. Please note however, you must continue to follow your food safety HACCP plan .

Why occasionally is there a strong vinegar like smell to Precise Thick-N INSTANT?

The organic acids in Precise Thick-N Instant, present noticeably occasionally as an odour, which is likened to the smell of vinegar. This smell does not indicate the product is “off”, and in fact the product maintains it’s functionality despite the smells presence. Also, the smell dissipates when diluted into the beverage to which it is added.

Can you use Precise Thick-N INSTANT to thicken food?

Yes, some foods can be thickened using with Precise Thick-N INSTANT. Customers are advised to check that the consistency of the food meets industry and / or governing association guidelines such as those of the International Dysphagia Dietary Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) or to check with their speech pathologist to ensure safe to swallow.

Can a tea or coffee thickened by Precise Thick-N INSTANT be reheated in the microwave?

Yes. However, ensure that the temperature of the beverage is not too hot so as to scald the individual when consumed.

Can Precise Thick-N INSTANT use to thicken Beer or Soft drink?

Yes. Precise Thick-N INSTANT can thicken carbonated beverages, however the method must be modified slightly.

Please follow the recipe ‘Thickening of Carbonated Beverages with Precise Thick-N INSTANT’.

Do you have to refrigerate Precise Thick-N INSTANT after opening?

No, you do not need to refrigerate Precise Thick-N INSTANT.  The product has been formulated to be microbially safe when stored at room temperature.

We do however, recommend that beverages thickened with Precise Thick-N INSTANT are refrigerated if not consumed immediately in accordance with the facilities food safety protocols.

Can I reuse the pumps?

No. Each bottle of Precise comes with it’s own pump. If you have finished one bottle, and starting a new one, please always use a new pump. This will avoid any potential cross contamination from one bottle to another.

Are the fluids thickened by Precise Thick-N INSTANT stable?

Yes. Once fluids thickened with Precise Thick-N INSTANT reach their desired consistency (thickness), it will remain stable at this consistency for 48 hours.

Note. This refers to ‘everyday’ drinks such as water, cordial, juice, tea, coffee, soft drinks. Supplements thickened with Precise may not remain stable for 48 hours, with consistency variable depending on the ingredient base of the supplement being used. Each supplement of choice will need to be assessed individually for consistency over time.

How can I be confident that Precise Thick-N INSTANT makes thickened fluids at the right consistency?

As long as the directions have been followed (i.e. Liquid measured correctly, no pump spitting to ensure accurate dosing, correct number of pumps) and the product has been adequately mixed (stirred for a minimum of 30 seconds using moderate agitation) the beverage will be within the thickness guidelines set by SPA and IDDSI.

Can you use Precise Thick-N INSTANT with supplements?

Yes, Precise can thicken most supplements. You can refer to our website for recipes.

Can you use Precise Thick-N INSTANT with medications?

Where medications are required to be thickened for a safe swallow, please consult your GP and/or allied health professional (speech pathologist/ dietitian).

Note. The requirement for a minimum 100ml of beverage, may preclude the use of Precise Thick-N INSTANT in thickening medicines with less than 100ml of dose.