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Utilization of Automation in the Contemporary Food Testing Laboratory
Utilization of Automation in the Contemporary Food Testing Laboratory

Laboratories are utilizing automation that will provide multiple benefits such as the delivery of high-quality data and the ability to take on additional workloads without increasing staffing levels.

Distribution of Chlorpyrifos Residues in Citrus Fruits
Distribution of Chlorpyrifos Residues in Citrus Fruits

During production and the postharvesting process of citrus fruits in conventional agriculture, residues of postharvest protectants as well as pesticides can be found in detectable concentrations.

Nanoscale Materials: The Dose Makes the Poison
Nanoscale Materials:  The Dose Makes the Poison

When evaluating materials for use in food packaging and other food contact applications, a number of considerations are important.

Building Better Food Safety Practices: Addressing the Need for On-Site Microbial Screening Capacity
Building Better Food Safety Practices: Addressing the Need for On-Site Microbial Screening Capacity

Implementing in-house microbial screening technologies allows the opportunity to catch where and how the contamination might have occurred in real time, ensuring greater safety of released food products.

 

Use of Whole-Genome Sequencing in Food Safety
Use of Whole-Genome Sequencing in Food Safety

Rapidly emerging use of whole-genome sequencing will provide a major improvement in our ability to define pathogen sources throughout the food chain.

 

Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli (STEC): Microorganisms of Public Health Significance in Meat and Poultry
Shiga Toxin-Producing <i>Escherichia coli</i> (STEC): Microorganisms of Public Health Significance in Meat and Poultry

In the U.S., between 1983 and 2002, the six most commonly occurring serotypes of non-O157 Escherichia coli were O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145, which have become foodborne pathogens of interest.

 

Checking Field Thermometer Accuracy
Checking Field Thermometer Accuracy

Need an accurate thermometer? Here’s a how-to guide for calibrating and validating your field thermometer.

Novel Food Safety Technologies Emerge in Food Production
Novel Food Safety Technologies Emerge in  Food Production

During last decade, a few novel intervention technologies were successfully developed, approved by regulatory agencies and applied as inactivation steps to enhance food safety.

Lab Outsourcing: What You Need to Know
Lab Outsourcing:  What You Need to Know

Outsourcing is not for everyone, and many companies operate highly efficient internal laboratories.

Faster, Better, Cheaper… What’s Most Important in a Pathogen Test?
Faster, Better, Cheaper… What’s Most Important in a Pathogen Test?

Pathogen tests have many attributes: speed, sensitivity, cost, broad utility…which is most important to you?

It Might Be E. coli
It Might Be <i>E. coli</i>

At present, there is no oversight of food laboratories. We do not know the total number of food laboratories, whether the people performing the testing were trained adequately or what type of quality control processes, if any, are employed. Is proficiency testing the answer?

Tests Detect Protein in Corn Not Approved for Export
Tests Detect Protein in Corn Not Approved for Export

Romer Labs has introduced two new monitoring tools for the detection of eCry3.1Ab protein expressed by Syngenta's Agrisure Duracade insect-resistant corn.

Regulating the Low-Level Presence of Chemicals in Foods — The Way Forward
Regulating the Low-Level Presence of Chemicals in Foods — The Way Forward

Technological advances in analytical chemistry make it possible to detect chemicals in food matrices at extremely low levels.

AOAC Shifts Food Initiative Focus to Food Safety
AOAC Shifts Food Initiative Focus to Food Safety

 Food safety has been identified as a top priority by AOAC International.

 

Ready or Not, Aptamers Have Arrived
Ready or Not, Aptamers Have Arrived

Aptamer-based methods show promise in the food testing arena. Could their use simplify analysis of foodborne pathogens?

The Sample Has Been Taken, the Results Are In: Now What?
The Sample Has Been Taken, the Results Are In: Now What?

The success of the implementation and completion of a corrective action plan must be verified through follow-up, which may include testing.

The Role of Analytical Testing in Maintaining Food Safety
The Role of Analytical Testing in Maintaining Food Safety

Innovative and cutting-edge analytical method approaches are being developed in response to emerging food safety issues.

New Technologies for Foreign Body Identification
New Technologies for Foreign Body Identification

The food microscopist charged with the laboratory identification of foreign bodies reported from food products will have to use a wide range of techniques in this work.

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.

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