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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.

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.

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.

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.

14 QA Mistakes Made by Food Labs
14 QA Mistakes Made by Food Labs

The number one quality assurance (QA) mistake that food testing laboratories make is not having enough training for new employees.

Color-Coded Colonies Make Test Reading a Breeze
Color-Coded Colonies Make Test Reading a Breeze

Listeria contamination is an issue that can never totally be conquered.


Rapid Micro is Key to Rapid, Safe Food Production
Rapid Micro is Key to Rapid, Safe Food Production

If you can save time, you can make more product and sell more product every day. But that product also has to be safe when it leaves the food plant.

Real-Time PCR Provides Product Recall Prevention
Real-Time PCR Provides Product Recall Prevention

Advances in real-time PCR methods for pathogen screening and identification can circumvent costly recall events.

Fung’s Forecast on Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?
Fung’s Forecast on Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?

An interview with Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. focuses on the latest innovations in rapid and automated microbial testing methods.

Advances in Biotechniques Used in the Quality Assurance of Food Products
Advances in Biotechniques Used in the Quality Assurance of Food Products

In addition to quality control programs, an added element of quality assurance programs implemented as part of quality management systems include HACCP plans.

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.

International Society of Beverage Technologists Carbon Dioxide Guidelines
International Society of Beverage Technologists Carbon Dioxide Guidelines

Guidelines intended to provide assistance to carbon dioxide suppliers and users in achieving compliance with applicable international regulatory standards.

Food Safety Guide: Emerging Challenges, New Directions
Food Safety Guide: Emerging Challenges, New Directions

Food safety challenges and science-based strategies, methods and practices impact the way in which food processors address emerging food protection concerns.

Technology Round-Up: New Frontiers in Pathogen Testing
Technology Round-Up: New Frontiers in Pathogen Testing

A review of the latest advancements in microbial pathogen testing technologies.


Salmonella and Campylobacter: A Methods Update
<i>Salmonella</i> and <i>Campylobacter:</i> A Methods Update

This article reviews the current research, regulations and identification and detection methods available to processors for the evaluation of Salmonella and Campylobacter in food products.

Advances in Automated Rapid Methods for Enumerating E. coli
Advances in Automated Rapid Methods for Enumerating <i>E. coli</i>

Enumeration methods have improved dramatically in the past few years, becoming more rapid, more automated and more accurate.

Indicator Organism Assays: Chaos, Confusion and Criteria
Indicator Organism Assays: Chaos, Confusion and Criteria

Spoilage indicators could be considered a subset of quality indicators as microbes that cause spoilage are not necessarily those that result in foodborne illness.

Make, Buy or Make Do? The Role of Automation in Analysis
Make, Buy or Make Do? The Role of Automation in Analysis

The decision to add automation in the laboratory is similarly complex; there is the potential for labor savings, increased precision, better accuracy and automated data logging.

Something Old, Something New: Innovation within Existing Food Testing Technologies
Something Old, Something New: Innovation within Existing Food Testing Technologies

Amid consumer, regulatory and food processor urgency to address and resolve food safety issues increases in value-added foodborne pathogen detection options is also evident.
 

Next Generation ATP Systems: More than Sanitation Monitoring
Next Generation ATP Systems: More than Sanitation Monitoring

Rather non-specific ATP methods have evolved to meet the growing needs of today’s food processor, combining ATP and bacterial culture tests in a single system.

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