Food Safety Magazine

Sampling/Sample Prep

Biosensor-Based Rapid Pathogen Detection: Are We There Yet?
Biosensor-Based Rapid Pathogen Detection:  Are We There Yet?

The ability to rapidly detect the presence of viable pathogens along the production chain is essential for determining intervention and control strategies.

Listeria: An Important Focus of Environmental Monitoring
<i>Listeria</i>: An Important Focus of Environmental Monitoring

The number of reported incidents and recalls related to Listeria and L. monocytogenes has been increasing, and processors are making efforts to rid their facilities of harborage organisms and sites.

Pre-Analytical Sample Preparation in Food Microbiology: An Overview
Pre-Analytical Sample Preparation in Food Microbiology: An Overview

Successful detection of pathogens in foods involves sampling, preanalytical sample preparation and detection.

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?

Integrated Yet Flexible UHPLC System
Integrated Yet Flexible UHPLC System

Thermo Scientific's Vanquish™ ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) system addresses the needs of chromatographers within a single integrated yet flexible platform, while meeting the throughput demands of modern laboratories.

Thermal Cycler for Everyday PCR
Thermal Cycler for Everyday PCR

The new SimpliAmp™ Thermal Cycler is a small, accurate, easy-to-use thermal cycler designed to fit any lab’s needs for everyday PCR.

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.

Comprehensive Lab Management System
Comprehensive Lab Management System

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.

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.

Pesticide Residue Testing of Food Ingredients: Monitoring for Compliance and Safety
Pesticide Residue Testing of Food Ingredients: Monitoring for Compliance and Safety

Safety considerations pertaining to the use of chemical pesticides for food production and public health require adherence to proper application practices.

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.

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.

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
 

Best Practices with Allergen Swabbing
Best Practices with  Allergen Swabbing

Once you know the identity of the allergens that will be tested for as part of the validation, then you must select an appropriate test method.
 

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.

Modern Analysis of Chemical Contaminants in Food
Modern Analysis of Chemical Contaminants in Food

Modern analytical techniques can determine known chemical contaminants in complex food matrices at very low concentration levels.

Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks
Raw Produce Field Sampling for Biological Risks

The who, how, what, where, when and why to sample are critical to control the risks of biological contamination.           

FDA’s Total Diet Study: Monitoring U.S. Food Supply Safety
FDA’s Total Diet Study: Monitoring U.S. Food Supply Safety

FDA’s Total Diet Study is an important component of the federal government’s food safety and nutrition monitoring programs, with a focus on pesticide residues, industrial chemicals, elements and radionuclides.
 

Dealing with Pesticide Residues on Foods
Dealing with Pesticide Residues on Foods

A question-and-answer forum presents the current and emerging challenges to the food industry in terms of pesticide residue regulation, testing and practical advice that will aid in the monitoring of pesticide residues on foodstuffs.

Successful Sampling Part I: Essential Approaches
Successful Sampling Part I: Essential Approaches

Part one of sampling ABCs: an essential guide to the basics of sampling.

 

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