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Why do an enrichment?

  • Food Safety

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…

Research Suggests In-House Testing is the Future of Food Safety

  • Food Safety

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.

Easy-to-use, affordable testing tools for wholesalers, suppliers, and government entities

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BALTIMORE – March 3, 2015 –INSTANTLABS is presenting its new seafood species identification tools created to improve testing accuracy and combat fraud at the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America  in Boston March 15-17. The Baltimore-based manufacturer of the Hunter® Real-Time PCR System also offers species verification and detection for pork and horse in addition…

Company broadens species identification product line created in partnership with University of Guelph. Additional test kits to be released during 2015

  • Food Fraud
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Company broadens species identification product line created in partnership with University of Guelph.  Additional test kits to be released during 2015 BALTIMORE – March 16, 2015 – InstantLabs announced today the expansion of its SpeciesID product line by offering DNA-based tests for Atlantic and Coho salmon.  InstantLabs SpeciesID™ tests provide accurate DNA verification in under…

University of Guelph partnership produces two-hour crab meat test; Full portfolio of seafood tests under development

  • Food Fraud
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BALTIMORE – November 17, 2014 — InstantLabs® announced today the commercial launch of its InstantID Atlantic Blue Crab DNA verification test – the first in a series of seafood species identification tests to help the global seafood industry respond to the increasing challenge of seafood fraud. The new species verification assay was created through a…

Seafood Fraud is in the News…Again

  • Food Fraud

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.

From the Mail Bag: What To Do if You Think You Have Food Poisoning

  • Food Safety

We get calls all the time from citizens who feel that they may have contracted food poisoning asking if we can test the food they ate. Unfortunately, that’s not what we do here at InstantLabs. We help food producers ensure that their food is safe before it even hits the consumer market. However, the Baltimore City Health Department helped us to put together an action plan for those who feel like they might have food poisoning.

Testing System for Sanitation and Biological Contaminants: Food Transporter Packing Tables, Floors, Distribution Processes & Truck Trailers

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Surface contaminants can be found just about everywhere.  But when a harvest bin, truck bed, packing house table top or floor or food contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized, the question of whether or not the cleaning process effectively removes harmful contaminants needs to be addressed.  In order to confirm that sanitation procedures are properly designed and maintained, sanitation testing is used to confirm that the producer or processor is focused on reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses.

From the Mail Bag: Differences Between Environmental and Food Sampling

  • Food Safety

My small ingredients manufacturing company has been doing pathogen testing on our batches for over a year now. I’d like to start testing our equipment and surfaces between batches as part of an expansion to our HAACP plan. However, I’m concerned that the protocol would be difficult and give my quality control manager just another thing to learn.

In The Lab: Water Quality Testing — Part 1

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We’ve had several people ask about the possibility for adapting our AOAC-approved Salmonella species and E. coli O157 Food Safety Kits for use with water samples. It’s a concept we’ve been thinking about, so it was time to fully develop the modifications needed to the sample collection and DNA extraction protocols and test the effectiveness of the assays on water samples.