Food Safety Magazine

Microbiological

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.

 

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?

BioMerieux's Bacillus cereus Assay Receives AOAC Certification
BioMerieux's Bacillus cereus Assay Receives AOAC Certification

BioMérieux has been granted AOAC Research Institute approval for its TEMPO® BC automated test for the fast enumeration of Bacillus cereus group bacteria in food products.

Water Testing/Quality Control Kits
Water Testing/Quality Control Kits

Microbiologics, Inc. has introduced EZ-Hydro Shot — a quantitative, lyophilized organism pellet that readily indicates water contamination.

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.

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.

Iron Sulphite Agar Facilitates Detecting Anaerobes in Canned Foods
Iron Sulphite Agar Facilitates Detecting Anaerobes in Canned Foods

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.

New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds
New NIR Milk Powder Analyzer Tests for Known and Unknown Compounds

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.

Certification by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists Is an Asset to Your Career
Certification by the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists Is an Asset to Your Career

As a third-party validation of an individual’s knowledge and/or competency, certification is attractive to employers since it can be used during audits and inspections to attest the abilities of their staff.

Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plates Simplify and Accelerate Detection
Rapid Yeast and Mold Count Plates Simplify and Accelerate Detection

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 Molecular Detection System Wins International Business Award

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.

Software Aims to Track Contaminants, Prevent Food Safety Problems

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.

Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications
Temperature Control Devices for Respirometry Applications

PolyScience introduces two products for controlling temperature during respirometry applications: a heated circulator and a recirculating chiller.