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Meet the InstantLabs Team at the Corrosion 2018 Conference

  • Biocorrosion
  • News

The annual NACE Corrosion 2018 conference is coming up in just a few weeks.  This event brings together corrosion professionals from around the world for a week of events, technical sessions, and networking. While we’ve presented technical papers in the past, this will be the first year that we have an exhibit booth (#1848) where…

FSMA Rules for Spouts Producers and Growers—Must Test

  • Food Safety

The FSMA Final Rule on Produce Safety includes specific provisions for the Sprout Industry.  Compliance for the largest sprout operations began January 26, 2017.   Small and very small businesses have compliance dates of January 26, 2018 and January 28, 2019, respectively. Testing is compulsory.: “Spent sprout irrigation water from each production batch of sprouts, or…

ARE YOU FSMA READY? ARE YOUR "COVERED" UNDER THE RULE?

  • Food Safety

ARE YOUR FSMA READY? Are you a small or medium sized business? Do you need resources to determine your status and what you may need to do? Are you subject to or “covered” under the Produce Safety Rule as a Farm, Processing Facility or Packing Operation? Is your facility “covered” under the Preventive Controls Rule?…

What is Real-Time PCR? How Does It Work?

  • Biocorrosion
  • Food Fraud
  • Food Safety

When speaking with food safety managers trying to upgrade their testing methods, we are often asked —what is real-time PCR? How does it work? The quick answer is: PCR (or polymerase chain reaction, for those science nerds out there) is a technique for multiplying a specific strand of DNA or RNA millions of times by manipulating the cell’s natural machinery. Once multiplied or amplified, the target DNA can readily be detected though a variety of methods.

Instantlabs Develops Tools to Monitor The Wild World of Microbes in the Oilfield

  • Biocorrosion

Microbial life is incredibly diverse. There are microbes that can survive the crushing pressure, low temperatures, and lack of light in the deep ocean, and others that have a thousand times more resistance to radiation than humans. A nonillion bacteria exist in the world (10 30 ), more than the number of stars in the…

Recent Food Safety Stories – Smoked Salmon, Resistant Listeria, HHS Scores FDA on FSMA

  • Food Safety

Food Safety Topics we found this week that may be relevant to you. Multiple violations put Colorado smoked salmon processor on notice. The FDA published a report regarding the salmon processor’s multiple violations of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control point (HAACP) regulation. Infractions noted included a lack of hazard analysis, failure to follow monitoring…

Recent Food Fraud and Food Safety Stories – FSMA is Final, Whole Genome Sequencing,

  • Food Fraud
  • Food Safety

Food Safety topics we found this week that may be relevant to you.  FDA finalizes Food Safety Modernization Act; Whole Genome Sequencing protects consumers from illness; and Forbes India asks “can you really trust what you eat?” After years of revisions and public comments, the Food Safety Modernization Act is ready. It’s official. The U.S….

New Molecular Technologies Bring In-House Testing to Small Medium-Sized Food Processors

  • Food Safety
  • News

FOOD Manufacturing, August, 2017 article seen here: There is no shortage of news about recalls being caused by food pathogens. The amount of testing conducted for food pathogens is growing, and according to market consulting firm Strategic Consulting, Inc., approximately 50 million tests are conducted annually for food pathogens by North American food processors. According to…

Fighting food fraud: Testing without the wait

  • Food Fraud
  • News

New Food Magazine, May 17, 2017 article seen here: Food fraud is everywhere. Dr. Neil Sharma, Head of Research and Product Development at InstantLabs, argues that it is by improving testing accuracy and frequency that we can help to stamp it out…. Food fraud is happening all around us and it is gaining increasing attention in…

DNA Doesn’t Lie: Detecting Food Fraud in the Modern Era

  • Food Fraud
  • News

From: Modern Restaurant Management In a paper published this April, two researchers reported the results of a test they conducted back in 2015.  They visited 6 popular restaurants in Washington DC and each ordered a seafood dish.  They took small samples of the seafood they received and took them back to their lab for DNA…