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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?

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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.

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

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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,

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  • 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

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  • 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…

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…

Why set up an in-house food pathogen testing program?

  • Food Safety

Food safety is all over the news–not just here in the US, but globally. For many companies, having an in-house lab carries potential benefits that can reduce costs and considerably increase safety and efficiency.

Why do an enrichment?

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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.