By Lauren Bambusch No matter what protocol you’re using, when it comes to food safety, enrichments are king. Every approved testing method for foodborne pathogens requires some iteration of an enrichment. So what is that? Why is it required? Why do different pathogens have different enrichment times? And why do some protocols have more or […]
Over the course of my career, I’ve had the great opportunity to visits literally hundreds of laboratories around the world. I’ve seen everything from small one-room facilities housed in factories all the way up to huge testing centers taking up entire buildings and even campuses. Just as with size, the problems that they work on has also varied ranging from food safety to cancer treatment and diagnosis to high throughput drug screening. However, one thing they all have had in common is that they are all continually generating large amounts of data.
The recent Listeriosis outbreak linked to caramel apples at the end of 2014 serves as a reminder that outbreaks of foodborne illness, like death and taxes, are an inevitable part of life. Events like these put pressure on food manufacturers to monitor product safety at all points of the processing chain, from acquisition, handling, processing, packaging, storage, and distribution. A recent paper titled “Better Food Safety Practices” written by Dr. Y. Martin Lo for the Journal of Food Science and Nutrition discusses these challenges.
As our portfolio of InstantID™ Seafood Identification test kits continues to grow, offering more tools to the industry, it seems the selected target species of the first test we developed in the InstantID™ seafood line is undeniably relevant. Highlighting the relevance is Oceana’s just-released report outlining the egregious extent of seafood fraud present in the Blue Crab industry. This report is a companion to the groundbreaking 2013 report titled “Oceana Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide”, detailing the amount of seafood fraud concerning numerous seafood selections in the nation’s grocery stores and restaurants.
As the release date for InstantLabs’ new InstantID™ species identification test kits nears, I can’t help but notice how often instances of seafood fraud have been in the press lately. From yellowtail to catfish to shrimp, it seems you can’t open a newspaper and not read about another case of mislabeled seafood.