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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.

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.

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.

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.

Listeria Testing Results in under 60 Minutes
<i>Listeria</i> Testing Results  in under 60 Minutes

The Listeria Right Now™ test system detects Listeria, including the pathogenic Listeria monocytogenes, in environmental samples in under 60 minutes—with molecular-level accuracy and without the need to enrich samples. The test has also been submitted for AOAC Performance Tested certification to further validate its accuracy.

Whole-Genome Sequencing May Be Hot, But Which Rapid Micro Method Won’t Leave You Burned?
Whole-Genome Sequencing May Be Hot, But Which Rapid Micro Method Won’t Leave You Burned?

Can you tell whether whole-genome sequencing (WGS) or DNA fingerprinting is better for ensuring food safety? In truth, both are equally powerful techniques. Both have advantages and disadvantages and are realistic choices for maintaining food safety.

A Closer Look at Food Allergen Screening: Gluten Contamination
A Closer Look at Food Allergen  Screening: Gluten Contamination

With so many ingredient, flavor and preservative combinations possible, food matrices can be very complex. Bia Diagnostics can develop a customized plan to meet your specific testing needs, including evaluation and validation of the method with each specific matrix that the assay would encounter in your facility.

Rapid and Convenient Monitoring of the Quality of Beverages, Water and Foods
Rapid and Convenient  Monitoring of the Quality of Beverages, Water and Foods

The Biosart® 100 Monitor system, a Sartorius Biotech product that is distributed by Weber Scientific, has been designed specifically for the detection and enumeration of microorganisms potentially present in food, beverages and water. It is a membrane filtration system that is the microbiological method of choice for many customers testing fluid product, particularly for brewing, juice, soft drink and potable water laboratories.  

Benefits of the ISO Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) for Food Safety
Benefits of the ISO Cooperative Agreement Program (CAP) for Food Safety

Interview with the Association of Public Health Laboratories on why a lab might join the ISO Cooperative Agreement Program

 

A Closer Look at Environmental Monitoring in the Processing Plant
A Closer Look at Environmental Monitoring in the Processing Plant

Survey results are presented from more than 100 food processors on their preparations for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Foreign-Material Reduction Programs—An Integrated Approach Using Teamwork
Foreign-Material Reduction Programs—An Integrated Approach Using Teamwork

Foreign material can be a difficult and costly issue in food manufacturing.

On-Line Monitoring Tools for Food Processing
On-Line Monitoring Tools for Food Processing

New devices, so-called electronic noses, have been described as both a cost-effective and a timesaving substitute for the determination of shelf life, food quality and origin.

Emerging Technologies to Combat E. coli
Emerging Technologies to Combat E. coli

Science continues to seek new solutions to combat an unfortunately all too common problem.

 

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