For ready-to-eat food processors, developing and implementing pathogen environmental monitoring programs are important parts of their sanitation controls.
Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli strains can cause foodborne illness, necessitating the expansion of testing for these organisms.
The ability to rapidly detect the presence of viable pathogens along the production chain is essential for determining intervention and control strategies.
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.
This new sensing mechanism can detect very faint traces of foodborne viruses that can help prevent epidemics and further transmission.
Green sprouts have been the poster child for a fresh produce item that causes more than its share of food safety concerns.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science continues to seek new solutions to combat an unfortunately all too common problem.
This pathogen detection system improves food safety by providing fast, easy-to-use and cost effective methodology to detect and prevent environmental pathogens.
Successful detection of pathogens in foods involves sampling, preanalytical sample preparation and detection.
This article reviews the overall microbiology testing market, enabling you to align these trends with your business strategies and optimize your food safety system.
The benefits of nanotechnology for the food industry are many and are expected to grow with time.
Implementing in-house microbial screening technologies allows the opportunity to catch where and how the contamination might have occurred in real time, ensuring greater safety of released food products.
Rapidly emerging use of whole-genome sequencing will provide a major improvement in our ability to define pathogen sources throughout the food chain.
In the U.S., between 1983 and 2002, the six most commonly occurring serotypes of non-O157 Escherichia coli were O26, O111, O103, O121, O45 and O145, which have become foodborne pathogens of interest.