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Methods

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Noroviruses in Shellfish and Other Foods: Challenges of the 21st Century
Noroviruses in Shellfish and Other Foods:  Challenges of the 21st Century

Several methods have been developed to extract and test for total norovirus contamination in foods; however, there are no internationally recognized standard methods to date.

Rapid Cleaning Validation Tests
Rapid Cleaning Validation Tests

Microbiological analyses do not detect organic residue resulting from ineffective cleaning, so validation is needed.

Quality Control of Botanical Ingredients
Quality Control of Botanical Ingredients

A quality botanical ingredient is one that uses the correct plant species and plant part, is unadulterated and safe for human consumption.

Atmospheric Plasma Technology in the Meat Industry
Atmospheric Plasma Technology in the Meat Industry

Atmospheric plasma offers a number of advantages over existing food safety technologies in meat production facilities.

Laboratory Testing: The Price of Bad Data
Laboratory Testing: The Price of Bad Data

While sampling and testing for adulterants can fulfill significant objectives in a food safety program, the implications are profound and often painful if not done properly.

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.
 

On the Fast Track with Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?
On the Fast Track with Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?

Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. provides an update on rapid methods and automation in microbiology for food and beverage analysis.

The Real-World Food Lab: Aligning Priorities and Resources for Success
The Real-World Food Lab: Aligning Priorities and Resources for Success

Operating a laboratory and outsourcing analyses are expensive propositions, but they are critically necessary to providing safe foods that consistently meet expectations.
 

Current Microbial Concerns in the Dairy Industry
Current Microbial Concerns in the Dairy Industry

Food safety is a pressing issue for governments, food processors, retailers and consumers worldwide, not only in the meat and seafood industries, but also in the dairy industry.

Utilization of Steam Heat Generated via Microwave Energy
Utilization of Steam Heat Generated via Microwave Energy

This study evaluated steam-heat processing of food within a covered Cambro pan containing water with energy generated via microwaves.  

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