For a lab to receive accreditation, it must be able to prove to an accrediting body that its tests are applicable, appropriate and functioning correctly.
Environmental Listeria sampling is popular among food manufacturers because it greatly reduces the time and cost associated with end-product testing for the pathogen.
Food companies have responded to increased regulations on Listeria testing by implementing changes in their testing programs and increasing the volumes of environmental tests performed.
When ready-to-eat meat products are processed in the same facility as raw meats, frequent, reliable Listeria testing is a vital part of a food safety program.
As regulations for Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli O157:H7 tighten, many companies find themselves searching for new ways to release product faster without compromising safety.
Merger drives innovation for microbiological testing in food products.
The new law requires food manufacturers to have processes in place that reduce or eliminate accidental cross-contact between non-allergenic foods and known food allergens.