Enumeration methods have improved dramatically in the past few years, becoming more rapid, more automated and more accurate.
Spoilage indicators could be considered a subset of quality indicators as microbes that cause spoilage are not necessarily those that result in foodborne illness.
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.
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.
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.
There is a wide variety of potentially detrimental compounds and quality issues that must be supported by comprehensive analysis programs for food safety.
The food industry operates on an immense global scale. With such a scope come unique and often problematic challenges.
What do current microbiology methods reveal about microorganism levels in food products?
Convenience methods have become a standard for saving the food industry time, labor and money in their microbiology work.
Neogen’s technology reduces time and cost of rapid microbial testing.
Increased scrutiny and focus on the safety of our food supply results in increased testing.
The risks associated with mycotoxins occurring in field crops, foods, feeds and animal products impact food safety.
The DNA-based methods such as polymerase chain reaction appear to offer good potential in advancing the technology of rapid microbial detection.
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.
Atmospheric plasma offers a number of advantages over existing food safety technologies in meat production facilities.
Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. provides an update on rapid methods and automation in microbiology for food and beverage analysis.
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.
Operating a laboratory and outsourcing analyses are expensive propositions, but they are critically necessary to providing safe foods that consistently meet expectations.
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.
It is critical for suppliers and manufacturers to reshape, reinvent and reimagine their approach to ensuring the safety of food ingredients.