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Testing and Analysis

The following list is a collection of all articles in the Testing and Analysis category. To refine your list, select from the subcategories provided in the navigation bar and here for your convenience: Allergens, Chemical, Environmental Testing, Laboratory Management, Methods, Microbiological, Physical, Sampling/Sample Prep

Keys to Effective Monitoring for Listeria
Keys to Effective Monitoring for <i>Listeria</i>

For ready-to-eat food processors, developing and implementing pathogen environmental monitoring programs are important parts of their sanitation controls.

Contaminant Detection in Food Processing
Contaminant Detection in Food Processing

A new approach for significantly improving detection probabilities and reducing the need for manual verification of foreign material contamination of food products is described.

STEC, EHEC, or E. coli O157? Differentiating between Targets
STEC, EHEC, or <i>E. coli</i> O157? Differentiating between Targets

Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains can cause foodborne illness, necessitating the expansion of testing for these organisms.

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.

Does In-House Testing Provide a Competitive Advantage Over Partnering with a Third-Party Provider?
Does In-House Testing Provide a Competitive Advantage Over Partnering with a Third-Party Provider?

Food safety testing can be conducted in-house or outsourced to a third-party laboratory. Which one is the right fit for your business?

Foods Produced by Biotechnology: A Toxicologist’s Perspective on Intended vs. Unintended Changes
Foods Produced by Biotechnology: A Toxicologist’s Perspective on Intended vs. Unintended Changes

Transgenic methods have been used for over 25 years to incorporate well-characterized genes from a foreign (different plant or nonplant species) donor into a plant host that endows it with some desirable trait.

Using APGC to Improve Food Contaminant Monitoring
Using APGC to Improve Food Contaminant Monitoring

As a result of the changing regulatory landscape, there is need for more accurate identification and quantification of contaminants in environmental and food-related samples.

Processors Increasingly Turning to Testing for Allergen Control
Processors Increasingly Turning to Testing for Allergen Control

The data indicate that processors are making preventive efforts to maintain or improve the performance of their allergen programs.

Five Tips for Choosing a Food Laboratory
Five Tips for Choosing a Food Laboratory

With so many food testing laboratories out there, how do you find the one that’s best for your business? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Preventing Foreign Material in Red Meat: Measure Twice
Preventing Foreign Material in Red Meat: Measure Twice

Foreign material is introduced in two ways: via raw materials and internally by the production process. They offer different challenges and require specific strategies to address them.

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.

Investigation and Identification of Physical Contaminants in Food
Investigation and Identification of Physical Contaminants in Food

Most physical contaminants of foods, such as pieces of hard plastic or wood, can cause consumers immediate injury; this includes all types of foods, including beverages, bottled water, and nutritional and functional products.

Have Your Natural Ingredients Been Adulterated?
Have Your Natural Ingredients Been Adulterated?

The intent of adulteration is rarely to cause harm to health, since this would defeat the purpose of slipping a cheaper ingredient under the radar.

New Nanotechnology Platform Developed for the Rapid Detection of Foodborne Viruses
New Nanotechnology Platform  Developed for the Rapid Detection of Foodborne Viruses

This new sensing mechanism can detect very faint traces of foodborne viruses that can help prevent epidemics and further transmission.

A New Approach to Solving the Problem of Sprout Safety
A New Approach to Solving the Problem  of Sprout Safety

Green sprouts have been the poster child for a fresh produce item that causes more than its share of food safety concerns.

Outsourcing: Pathogen Testing under the Microscope
Outsourcing: Pathogen Testing under the Microscope

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.

 

Food Safety Testing: What Are Your Options?
Food Safety Testing: What Are Your Options?

Increased consumer interest in food safety and quality issues, combined with expanding regulatory initiatives, are increasing the importance of testing.

Environmental Listeria Monitoring: Seek and Destroy Pathogens
Environmental <i>Listeria</i> Monitoring: Seek and Destroy Pathogens

Whether you are just setting up your environmental Listeria monitoring program or reassessing your existing program, there are basic elements that you will want to include.

Testing Automation Provides Flexible Solutions
Testing Automation Provides Flexible Solutions

Advancements in testing automation have allowed for the development of smaller, more flexible solutions that fit into existing laboratory configurations and workflows. BioControl System’s Assurance GDS® system utilizes the targeted isolation capabilities of immunomagnetic separation and the specificity of DNA-based detection to provide fast and accurate results for even the most challenging food samples.

Real-Time PCR for Cutting-Edge Food Testing
Real-Time PCR for Cutting-Edge Food Testing

As molecular methods for pathogen detection continue to improve, emerging pathogens are being described around the world in molecular terms. The use of real-time PCR methods developed by Bio-Rad has the benefits of automation, high sensitivity, high precision and accuracy, and the flexibility to assay for more than one pathogen simultaneously.

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