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PCR Offers Real-Time Realities
PCR Offers Real-Time Realities

Any intervention strategy must include a pathogen detection program in which the goal is to cull contaminated product prior to moving down the food production chain.

The Dirty Dozen: Ways to Reduce the 12 Biggest Foreign Materials Problems
The Dirty Dozen: Ways to Reduce the 12 Biggest Foreign Materials Problems

Foreign materials in foods are a real concern to the food processor, particularly as an important factor in the effective implementation of the company's food safety program.

Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)
Acrylamide: Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire (of Analytical Chaos)

Food testing shows the presence of acrylamide in various concentrations in most prepared foods, mainly those containing proteins, carbohydrates and fat, which are exposed to heat.

Microbiological Sampling in the Dry Foods Processing Environment
Microbiological Sampling  in the Dry Foods  Processing Environment

Dry processing environments are more likely to develop problems from yeast and mold contamination than from other microbes.

Updates from the NoroCORE Project: Progress toward Reducing the Burden of Foodborne Viruses
Updates from the NoroCORE Project: Progress toward Reducing the Burden of Foodborne Viruses

The major achievements and long-standing impacts of the Norovirus Collaborative for Outreach, Research and Education (NoroCORE) will continue well beyond the life of the initial project.

Prevalence of Campylobacter Contamination in Raw Chicken and Chicken Liver at Retail
Prevalence of <i>Campylobacter</i> Contamination in Raw Chicken and Chicken Liver at Retail

Campylobacter has been found to be the most common bacteria causing human gastroenteritis in the world.

The Drivers of Differences in Food Safety Testing Practices
The Drivers of Differences in Food Safety Testing Practices

Testing volumes should normally fluctuate in rough proportions to the volume of food and the types of foods being produced.

Fung’s Forecast on Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?
Fung’s Forecast on Rapid & Automated Methods: Where Are We Now?

An interview with Daniel Y.C. Fung, Ph.D. focuses on the latest innovations in rapid and automated microbial testing methods.

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.

 

Advances in Biotechniques Used in the Quality Assurance of Food Products
Advances in Biotechniques Used in the Quality Assurance of Food Products

In addition to quality control programs, an added element of quality assurance programs implemented as part of quality management systems include HACCP plans.

Successful Sampling, Part II: A Brief Primer on Biological Sampling
Successful Sampling, Part II: A Brief Primer on Biological Sampling

Part two of sampling strategies that can be applied to any situation with a focus on biological sampling.

The Evolution of Food Testing: A Pioneer’s Perspective
The Evolution of Food Testing: A Pioneer’s Perspective

An Interview with John H. Silliker, Ph.D. on how testing of food has evolved.

 

The Confusing World of Pesticides: A Primer
The Confusing World of Pesticides: A Primer

To analyze a large number of samples whose pesticide treatment is unknown, FDA uses analytical methods capable of simultaneously determining a number of pesticide residues.

LIGHTNING MVP ICON® Provides Rapid Solutions for Managing Environmental Monitoring Programs
LIGHTNING MVP ICON® Provides Rapid Solutions for Managing Environmental Monitoring Programs

The Food Safety Modernization Act requires that manufacturers preventive controls to ensure a safe production environment, which can best be accomplished through the implementation of a comprehensive environmental monitoring program.

The False Security of the CFU in Environmental Monitoring Programs

We take a fresh look at microbiological testing as part of an environmental monitoring program.

Environmental Monitoring for Cleanliness and Pathogen Detection
Environmental Monitoring for Cleanliness and Pathogen Detection

Adenosine triphosphate sanitation verification systems are now the standard method for evaluating and monitoring sanitation efficacy at food companies around the world.

AllergenControl™ Detection Kits Have Features Found Nowhere Else
AllergenControl™ Detection Kits Have Features Found Nowhere Else

Having a food allergen management plan is critically important for all food companies to avoid a recall for allergen mislabeling.

 

Allergen Validation: Analytical Methods and Scientific Support for a Visually Clean Standard
Allergen Validation: Analytical Methods and Scientific Support for a Visually Clean Standard

One challenge for the food industry is changeovers from a product containing allergens to a similar product that does not contain allergens.

The Coming Storm in the Spice Industry, Part II: What the Industry Can Do
The Coming Storm in the Spice Industry, Part II: What the Industry Can Do

Spices are the subject of increasing microbiological contamination-associated recalls for food pathogens.

Campylobacter: Research Advances in Sourcing the Problem
<i>Campylobacter:</i> Research Advances in Sourcing the Problem

Nelson A. Cox, Ph.D., a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service talks about the state of research into Campylobacter.

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