Innovative and cutting-edge analytical method approaches are being developed in response to emerging food safety issues.
The principal source of contamination of ready-to-eat (RTE) foods is environmental contamination within the processing facility.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
PolyScience introduces two products for controlling temperature during respirometry applications: a heated circulator and a recirculating chiller.
Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
Thermo Fisher Scientific presents on-demand solutions across the supply chain.
Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively, with food shipments across borders growing very rapidly.
Prevention and control measures should be considered for Listeria spp., not just L. monocytogenes, and at every aspect of the farm-to-fork continuum
Various segments of the beef processing industry now test for the Top Six EHEC using test kits or services from a number of companies or commercial laboratories.
Outsourcing requires companies to address multiple interdependent business and scientific variables in choosing a contract laboratory.
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.
Advancements in technology have led to unprecedented speed and ease in the definitive detection of specific pathogens of particular concern to the food industry.
The diversity of the global food supply presents some problematic challenges, especially with regard to analyses of the diverse matrices of the foods produced.
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) bacteria have been linked to a growing number of foodborne illnesses.
Rapid Salmonella detection technologies have evolved to provide food producers and testing labs with improved specificity, sensitivity and speed.
Outsourcing of testing occurs often due to fears of cross-contamination; these fears can be minimized with improved bacterial enrichment methods.