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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.

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….

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…

InstantLabs’ Hunter Food Testing System

  • Food Fraud
  • Food Safety
  • News

Featured in Facility Executive The Hunter® Real-Time PCR System from the molecular diagnostic device company, InstantLabs, is a DNA analysis system for food testing. This easy-to-use instrument offers fast, accurate pathogen and species detection for the global food industry. The Hunter system is designed for use at points-of-need to detect and analyze a wide variety…

Testimonial: The Importance of in-house, on-site Halal testing

  • Food Fraud

About Habib Ghanim: Habib is a trusted international Halal certifier with a long, successful tenure with the Islamic Society of the Washington Area (ISWA), the organization that oversees the Halal certification in conjunction with the United States Halal Chamber of Commerce. He is also an executive committee member of the world Halal Council. As a…

New species ID tools bolster growing product line from manufacturer of the Hunter® testing system

  • Food Fraud
  • News

New species ID tools bolster growing product line from manufacturer of the Hunter® testing system BALTIMORE, MD – December 1, 2015. InstantLabs is adding two additional salmon identification tests to continue the expansion of the company’s growing product line of food safety and seafood fraud prevention tools. The new salmon tests – for Chinook (Oncorhynchus…

Why use Real-Time PCR for Species Verification Testing?

  • Food Fraud

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…

Test will help protect U.S. catfish farmers from mislabeled imports and consumers from seafood fraud

  • Food Fraud
  • News

Test will help protect U.S. catfish farmers from mislabeled imports and consumers from seafood fraud BALTIMORE, MD – June 1, 2015. InstantLabs will co-develop and commercialize a new Ictalurid catfish species identification test as part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In accordance with U.S….

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

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  • News

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…