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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.

L. monocytogenes Challenge Study “How To” Guidelines
<i>L. monocytogenes</i> Challenge Study “How To” Guidelines

Listeria monocytogenes is a significant foodborne pathogen that must be controlled for food safety.

 

LC/MS Analysis for Melamine and Cyanuric Acid in Foodstuffs
LC/MS Analysis for Melamine and Cyanuric Acid in Foodstuffs

FDA scientists and others realized that the combination of melamine and cyanuric acid in the diet was a significant health hazard.
 

Meeting the Challenge of E. coli O157:H7 Control Head On
Meeting the Challenge of <i>E. coli</i> O157:H7 Control Head On

Testing raw beef products for E. coli is only one piece of a larger puzzle to make sure contaminated meat doesn’t make it into grocery stores or homes.

Automating Process Controls with a Supply Chain View
Automating Process Controls with a Supply Chain View

Process control strategies have come a long way but need to be adopted by all members of the supply chain to be truly effective.

Innovations in Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation
Innovations in Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation

Testing the quality parameters of food products is critical to the brand of a food business.

 

Chasing “Zero” in Chemical Contaminant Analysis
Chasing “Zero” in Chemical Contaminant Analysis

Over time, the food industry approaches a smaller “zero” tolerance for chemical contamination.

Best Practices in Refrigerated Foods Processing
Best Practices in Refrigerated Foods Processing

Food retailers, foodservice operators and consumers who purchase refrigerated, ready-to-eat foods are more aware of—and more demanding about—food safety than ever before.

Forging New Tools in Predictive Microbiology
Forging New Tools in Predictive Microbiology

An interview with Mark L. Tamplin, Ph.D., USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center, showcases new tools for microbiology testing.

Lyophilized Microorganisms: Quality Assurance in a Pellet
Lyophilized Microorganisms: Quality Assurance in a Pellet

Lyophilization allows a laboratory to increase its efficiency while it is monitoring the quality of its processes.

Rapid Enumeration Offers Results You Can Count On
Rapid Enumeration Offers Results You Can Count On

Microbial enumeration is a critical step in the food safety process.

 

Going with the Lateral Flow: Advances in Accuracy and Speed
Going with the Lateral Flow: Advances in Accuracy and Speed

Advances in the lateral flow immunoassay technique for food samples is a prime example of good science made better by improving connections between the building blocks of the method.

Optimizing the Bottom-Line: Advances in PCR Enrichment
Optimizing the Bottom-Line: Advances in PCR Enrichment

There are just three critical points to consider when adopting new food microbiology detection methods: accuracy, rapidity and cost.

The New Blue Plate Special: Advances in Chromogenic Media
The New Blue Plate Special: Advances in Chromogenic Media

The development of selective chromogenic media is arguably one of the first rapid microbiological methods developed for use in the food industry.

New-Generation ELFA Technology Pushes Scientific Frontier
New-Generation ELFA Technology Pushes Scientific Frontier

While ground-breaking at its inception, advancements in ELFA technology just keep pushing the technology forward.

PCR Offers Real-Time Realities
PCR Offers Real-Time Realities

Any intervention strategy must include a pathogen detection program in which the goal is to cull contaminated product prior to moving down the food production chain.

Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)
Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)

Food testing shows the presence of acrylamide in various concentrations in most prepared foods, mainly those containing proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which are exposed to heat.

The Dirty Dozen: Ways to Reduce the 12 Biggest Foreign Materials Problems
The Dirty Dozen: Ways to Reduce the 12 Biggest Foreign Materials Problems

Foreign materials in foods are a real concern to the food processor, particularly as an important factor in the effective implementation of the company's food safety program.

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.

Updates from the NoroCORE Project: Progress toward Reducing the Burden of Foodborne Viruses
Updates from the NoroCORE Project: Progress toward Reducing the Burden of Foodborne Viruses

The major achievements and long-standing impacts of the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research and Education (NoroCORE) will continue well beyond the life of the initial project.

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