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Microbiological

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.

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.

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.

Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing
Challenges and Innovations for On-Farm Bacterial Testing

Diagnostic assays for on-farm use have different constraints compared with those used in traditional laboratory environment
 

Food Safety Insider: Solutions on Demand
Food Safety Insider: Solutions on Demand

Thermo Fisher Scientific presents on-demand solutions across the supply chain.
 

Comparison of Microbiology Testing Practices
Comparison of Microbiology Testing Practices

Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively, with food shipments across borders growing very rapidly.
 

The Burden of Listeriosis
The Burden of Listeriosis

Prevention and control measures should be considered for Listeria spp., not just L. monocytogenes, and at every aspect of the farm-to-fork continuum
 

When STEC Are Your Target, Where Do You Aim?
When STEC Are Your Target, Where Do You Aim?

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: Key Factors to Consider In Choosing a Qualified Testing Provider
Outsourcing: Key Factors to Consider In Choosing a Qualified Testing Provider

Outsourcing requires companies to address multiple interdependent business and scientific variables in choosing a contract laboratory.

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.

Advanced Technology for Rapid Pathogen Detection
Advanced Technology for Rapid Pathogen Detection

Advancements in technology have led to unprecedented speed and ease in the definitive detection of specific pathogens of particular concern to the food industry.

Food Diversity Requires Adaptable Solutions
Food Diversity Requires Adaptable Solutions

The diversity of the global food supply presents some problematic challenges, especially with regard to analyses of the diverse matrices of the foods produced.

Setting the Standard with “Big Six” non-O157 STEC Reference Materials
Setting the Standard with “Big Six” non-O157 STEC Reference Materials

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) bacteria have been linked to a growing number of foodborne illnesses.