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Pitfalls of Environmental Testing for Listeria with PCR
Pitfalls of Environmental Testing for <i>Listeria</i> with PCR

Are PCR-based methods appropriate for the detection of Listeria spp. in environmental surface samples?

Demystifying the Microbial Testing Process
Demystifying the Microbial Testing Process

Your objective in taking samples and performing tests as well as knowing the limitations of the test you choose are all important for microbiological testing.

Analyzing Acrylamide: A Focus on Food Carcinogens
Analyzing Acrylamide: A Focus on Food Carcinogens

Although most regulatory and scientific organizations have yet to conclude that acrylamide present a risk to human health, consumer fear is a business concern.

The Application of HPLC in Food Analysis
The Application of HPLC in Food Analysis

Increasingly, food analysis methods are built around high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), which has proven to be an optimal technology for detecting and/or quantifying the vast majority of food analytes.
 

Using PCR to Custom Design a Test Kit
Using PCR to Custom Design a Test Kit

The food safety industry has remained assiduous in developing methods and materials that test for the presence of bacterial contamination.

Key Goals of Emerging Technologies for Inactivating Bacteria
Key Goals of Emerging Technologies for Inactivating Bacteria

The development and use of novel thermal and non-thermal technologies to process foods is increasing worldwide; thus, special attention must be paid to identifying the key goals for these new technologies.

Innovations In Technology: Promising Food Safety Technologies
Innovations In Technology: Promising Food Safety Technologies

As interest in the use of advanced thermal and nonthermal technologies to process foods increases worldwide, special attention must be paid to identifying key goals for these new tools.

Emerging Analytical Techniques for Shelf Life
Emerging Analytical Techniques for Shelf Life

Ray Marsili, of Dean Foods Technical Center, describes the importance of shelf-life stability testing and the food chemist’s role in this area.

Do You Need Microbial Challenge Testing?
Do You Need Microbial Challenge Testing?

Conducting a microbial challenge study can provide valuable information to food processors.

Campylobacter: Research Advances in Sourcing the Problem
<i>Campylobacter:</i> Research Advances in Sourcing the Problem

Nelson A. Cox, Ph.D., a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service talks about the state of research into Campylobacter.

Two-Party System Assures Premier Pork
Two-Party System Assures Premier Pork

Swift & Co., one of the nation’s largest pork processors, places great emphasis on its responsibility to provide safe and wholesome products to its customers.

Growers Beware: Adopt GAPs or Else
Growers Beware: Adopt GAPs or Else

Good Agricultural Practices are a logical extension of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points into the fresh produce industry.

The “M” in ICM: Using ATP to Evaluate Sanitation
The “M” in ICM: Using ATP to Evaluate Sanitation

The ATP-monitoring system is a new and exciting technology that shows great promise in aiding both the regulator and the retail food industry.

A Summary Profile of Pathogen Detection Technologies
A Summary Profile of Pathogen Detection Technologies

Pathogen testing is a key component and critical success factor in effective food safety and process control programs.

5 Steps to the Safety & Quality of Refrigerated RTE Foods
5 Steps to the Safety & Quality of Refrigerated RTE Foods

Martin Mitchell, Technical Director, Refrigerated Foods Association discusses the safety and quality of refrigerated RTE foods.

New GM Foods Could Shift Risk-Benefit Paradigm
New GM Foods Could Shift Risk-Benefit Paradigm

Bioengineered products designed to promote human health continue to show up on the radar.

Getting Really Rapid Test Results: Advances in Pathogen and Toxin Detection for the Food Industry
Getting Really Rapid Test Results: Advances in Pathogen and Toxin Detection for the Food Industry

The food processing industry has recently witnessed the introduction of new or improved rapid methods for the detection of foodborne pathogens and toxins.

LC/MS Analysis for Melamine and Cyanuric Acid in Foodstuffs
LC/MS Analysis for Melamine and Cyanuric Acid in Foodstuffs

FDA scientists and others realized that the combination of melamine and cyanuric acid in the diet was a significant health hazard.
 

Chasing “Zero” in Chemical Contaminant Analysis
Chasing “Zero” in Chemical Contaminant Analysis

Over time, the food industry approaches a smaller “zero” tolerance for chemical contamination.

Forging New Tools in Predictive Microbiology
Forging New Tools in Predictive Microbiology

An interview with Mark L. Tamplin, Ph.D., USDA-ARS Eastern Regional Research Center, showcases new tools for microbiology testing.

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