Rapidly emerging use of whole-genome sequencing will provide a major improvement in our ability to define pathogen sources throughout the food chain.
Prevention and control measures should be considered for Listeria spp., not just L. monocytogenes, and at every aspect of the farm-to-fork continuum
Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. provides an update on rapid methods and automation in microbiology for food and beverage analysis.
FDA’s Total Diet Study is an important component of the federal government’s food safety and nutrition monitoring programs, with a focus on pesticide residues, industrial chemicals, elements and radionuclides.
A comprehensive Listeria testing program should include both product testing and environmental testing.
The food industry and government have long been aware of the persistence of Listeria in the environment and in processing plants.
Advancements in technology have led to unprecedented speed and ease in the definitive detection of specific pathogens of particular concern to the food industry.
Convenience methods have become a standard for saving the food industry time, labor and money in their microbiology work.
The food industry understands that Listeria is constantly moving around and being reintroduced into the environment.
A successful environmental monitoring program incorporates a comprehensive, multi-tiered approach to maintaining a low risk manufacturing environment.
Established ATP technology has proven to be invaluable for rapid, accurate and inexpensive hygiene monitoring.
Tips for monitoring Listeria in food plants include acknowledging that Listeria is a pervasive microorganism that finds harborage in unlikely places.
Adenosine trisphosphate hygiene monitoring can play an important role in the verification of good sanitation practices.
With the focus of the Food Safety Modernization Act shifting from reaction to prevention, food processors will carry even greater responsibility.