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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.

Delivering Quality Nutritional Products from Supply to Shelf
Delivering Quality Nutritional Products from Supply to Shelf

Companies delivering high-quality nutritional beverage products to consumers face many obstacles that can be overcome using standardized processes and practices.

Achieving Gluten-Free Status
Achieving Gluten-Free Status

The analytical verification of gluten-free claims on all ingredients derived from gluten-containing grains is required to ensure compliance with federal regulations.

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.

Iron Sulphite Agar Facilitates Detecting Anaerobes in Canned Foods
Iron Sulphite Agar Facilitates Detecting Anaerobes in Canned Foods

Heywood, UK-based Lab M’s new Iron Sulphite [U.S. spelling: Sulfite] Agar is able to detect organisms associated with sulfide spoilage of low-acid canned foods, such as meats, milk and vegetables.

New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds
New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds

PerkinElmer, Inc. on Oct. 31 introduced the DairyGuard™ milk powder analyzer, a near infrared (NIR) spectrometer specifically developed for food suppliers and manufacturers to test for unknown adulterants as well as known compounds, such as protein, moisture and fat content.

AOAC Gives PTM Approval for BioControl 8-Hour Salmonella Test
AOAC Gives PTM Approval for BioControl 8-Hour Salmonella Test

BioControl Systems, Inc. has received AOAC-PTM Certification (#050602) for its Assurance GDS® Salmonella Tq mEHEC method from the AOAC Research Institute’s Performance Tested Methods Program.The new eight-hour mEHEC enrichment protocol allows customers to obtain results in select matrices in just 10 hours, including sample processing.

Sample6 Secures Financing to Support Commercialization of Food Safety Products
Sample6 Secures Financing to Commercialize Food Safety Products

Sample6, a Boston-based company focused on applying biotechnology to advance food safety, announced today that it has secured a $11 million Series B financing round led by Canaan Partners. The funds will be used to commercialize Sample6's first products, Sample6 DETECT/L and Sample6 CONTROL, which are designed to enable in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection in food processing environments.

Don’t Forget about Your Chemical Hazards!
Don’t Forget about Your Chemical Hazards!

The best approach to protect your product from chemical contamination is to identify the hazards in your ingredients before they can affect your final product.

 

What Defines a Laboratory Quality System?
What Defines a Laboratory Quality System?

Quality management works on the organizational level to implement an overall quality policy.

 

FSIS Adopts DuPont's BAX System to Detect Pathogenic E. coli Strains in Meat
FSIS Adopts DuPont's BAX System to Detect Pathogenic E. coli Strains in Meat

DuPont Nutrition & Health today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety & Inspection Service has added to its Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook the DuPont BAX System molecular method for detecting E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in meat products, carcass and environmental sponges.

Certification by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists Is an Asset to Your Career
Certification by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists Is an Asset to Your Career

As a third-party validation of an individual’s knowledge and/or competency, certification is attractive to employers since it can be used during audits and inspections to attest the abilities of their staff.

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.

3M Molecular Detection System Wins International Business Award

3M Food Safety announced on August 28 that its 3M Molecular Detection System has won a bronze Stevie® award in the 2013 International Business Awards. The system, awarded under the category of Best New Product or Service of the Year – Health & Pharmaceuticals, was recognized for being a simple, accurate and cost-effective pathogen detection solution that benefits food processors, universities, governments, and contract testing laboratories.

Software Aims to Track Contaminants, Prevent Food Safety Problems

At a time when food safety breakdowns are costing businesses more than ever, a Lincoln, NE, startup known as Presage Analytics hopes to help food processors track contaminants and prevent costly recalls and outbreaks of illness. The company's software tracks and analyzes the environmental and product testing data that companies already collect, particularly focused on microbial data, to manage and prevent problems that could lead to recalls or foodborne illness outbreaks.

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
 

Food Safety Databases: A New Challenge
Food Safety Databases:  A New Challenge

The widespread move from global food supply chains to food supply networks presents considerable challenges.

Comparison of Microbiology Testing Practices
Comparison of Microbiology Testing Practices

Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively, with food shipments across borders growing very rapidly.
 

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.
 

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