The way processors view their responsibilities regarding microbiological testing is changing. Regulatory pressure and a focus on food safety are causing changes in where processors do their testing.
Increased consumer interest in food safety and quality issues, combined with expanding regulatory initiatives, are increasing the importance of testing.
Interview with the Association of Public Health Laboratories on why a lab might join the ISO Cooperative Agreement Program
Laboratories are utilizing automation that will provide multiple benefits such as the delivery of high-quality data and the ability to take on additional workloads without increasing staffing levels.
Most food manufacturers need outside laboratory support at some time or another; the laboratory should be subjected to the same rigor that one would apply to selecting any vendor.
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Outsourcing is not for everyone, and many companies operate highly efficient internal laboratories.
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?
Waters has introduced the NuGenesis Lab Management System, a comprehensive data management and workflow solution that supports the entire product lifecycle, from research through manufacturing.
Quality management works on the organizational level to implement an overall quality policy.
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.
Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively, with food shipments across borders growing very rapidly.
Outsourcing business functions, specifically laboratory testing may increase efficiency and cut costs with proper planning, careful contracting and ongoing oversight.
Alliant’s partnership with Bio-Rad Laboratories continues to reap enormous benefits.
Ray Marsili, of Dean Foods Technical Center, describes the importance of shelf-life stability testing and the food chemist’s role in this area.
Tips for laboratories that need to defend their analytical results to their clients are presented.
An accurate thermometer in the hands of a trained food safety professional can mean the difference between health and illness for your customers.