Food Safety Magazine

Sampling/Sample Prep

An Environmental Sampling Approach to Product Risk Assessment
An Environmental Sampling Approach to Product Risk Assessment

The principal source of contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods is environmental contamination within the processing facility.

Pesticide Residue Testing of Food Ingredients: Monitoring for Compliance and Safety
Pesticide Residue Testing of Food Ingredients: Monitoring for Compliance and Safety

Safety considerations pertaining to the use of chemical pesticides for food production and public health require adherence to proper application practices.

Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plates Simplify and Accelerate Detection
Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plates Simplify and Accelerate Detection

3M Food Safety has launched the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plate, an indicator test that enables the detection of yeasts and molds in as little as 48 hours, faster than conventional agar methods. This new plate offers food processors a simplified solution for inoculation along with an easy, consistent way to interpret and enumerate colonies.

Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications
Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications

PolyScience introduces two products for controlling temperature during respirometry applications: a heated circulator and a recirculating chiller.

Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing
Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing

Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
 

Best Practices with Allergen Swabbing
Best Practices with  Allergen Swabbing

Once you know the identity of the allergens that will be tested for as part of the validation, then you must select an appropriate test method.
 

When STEC Are Your Target, Where Do You Aim?
When STEC Are Your Target, Where Do You Aim?

Various segments of the beef processing industry now test for the Top Six EHEC using test kits or services from a number of companies or commercial laboratories.

Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks
Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks

The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.           

Modern Analysis of Chemical Contaminants in Food
Modern Analysis of Chemical Contaminants in Food

Modern analytical techniques can determine known chemical contaminants in complex food matrices at very low concentration levels.

Is Your Plant As Clean As It Looks?
Is Your Plant As Clean As It Looks?

Microorganisms, biofilms and chemical residues can survive the sanitation process if cleaning and sanitizing procedures have not been adequately followed.

Poultry Breeder Improves Environmental Monitoring with Innovative Dry-Bags
Poultry Breeder Improves Environmental Monitoring with Innovative Dry-Bags

Recent laboratory changes have helped in the inoculation of environmental samples.

New Lateral Flow Reader Provides Traceability, Eliminates Subjectivity
New Lateral Flow Reader Provides Traceability, Eliminates Subjectivity

Since the inception of lateral flow device tests, users have appreciated just how easy they are to use.

Getting Really Rapid Test Results: Advances in Pathogen and Toxin Detection for the Food Industry
Getting Really Rapid Test Results: Advances in Pathogen and Toxin Detection for the Food Industry

The food processing industry has recently witnessed the introduction of new or improved rapid methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens and toxins.

Microbiological Sampling in the Dry Foods Processing Environment
Microbiological Sampling  in the Dry Foods  Processing Environment

Dry processing environments are more likely to develop problems from yeast and mold contamination than from other microbes.

FDA’s Total Diet Study: Monitoring U.S. Food Supply Safety
FDA’s Total Diet Study: Monitoring U.S. Food Supply Safety

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.
 

Dealing with Pesticide Residues on Foods
Dealing with Pesticide Residues on Foods

A question-and-answer forum presents the current and emerging challenges to the food industry in terms of pesticide residue regulation, testing and practical advice that will aid in the monitoring of pesticide residues on foodstuffs.

Successful Sampling Part I: Essential Approaches
Successful Sampling Part I: Essential Approaches

Part one of sampling ABCs: an essential guide to the basics of sampling.


Successful Sampling, Part II: A Brief Primer on Biological Sampling
Successful Sampling, Part II: A Brief Primer on Biological Sampling

Part two of sampling strategies that can be applied to any situation with a focus on biological sampling.

Dealing With Dioxin: The State of Analytical Methods
Dealing With Dioxin: The State of Analytical Methods

EPA stated that the vast majority of dioxin exposure is found in food and there is a direct link between fatty foods and dioxin residues.

Successful Sampling Program, Part III: Environmental Air and Surface Techniques
Successful Sampling Program, Part III: Environmental Air and Surface Techniques

Part three in a series on sampling, focusing on food safety quality control in microbial air sampling.

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