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.
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 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 […]
By Deborah Cohen Using the Hunter and our DNA identification test kits, you can quickly verify your products or ingredients. It lets you take the guess work out of the process. Below are two case studies that illustrate some of the benefits. 1. Nutraceuticals and Halal A major concern among producers of Halal goods is […]
BALTIMORE, MD– April 9, 2014 – InstantLabs® announced today that the company has entered into an agreement with the University of Guelph to co-develop a portfolio of DNA-based seafood species identification tests to combat marketplace seafood fraud by providing rapid, definitive proof that seafood is correctly labeled. InstantLabs plans to launch the kits within four […]