Air and water monitoring involves the monitoring and testing of air and water quality in the processing line of a facility. Test results help determine if acceptable standards are being met for a range of parameters that influence food safety and quality.
Allergen testing seeks to determine the presence of foods or food residues that are classified as allergens in foods or beverages that are not labeled as containing those foods. Class 1 allergens, which encompass the Big 9, are of the greatest concern in allergen testing.
Environmental testing involves the microbiological sampling of food contact surfaces or nearby areas to test for the presence of pathogens or indicator organisms. An environmental monitoring program (EMP) includes pathogen swabbing to detect risk in the sanitary conditions of the processing environment and is a verification of the effectiveness of pathogen controls in place at a facility.
Microbiological testing seeks to identify the presence of bacterial pathogens, viruses, and parasites on food contact surfaces, in agricultural water and soil, and in food products. Frequent swabbing to determine if pathogens are present on food processing equipment is an important part of a sound environmental monitoring program (EMP) at a facility.
Sampling programs for food examine a certain portion or product units of a particular lot of the same food as a representative of the quality and safety of the food. Sample prep for laboratory testing involves the preparation of samples for testing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA’s FSIS) has developed an innovative method for beef muscle samples that uses modern chemistry instrumentation for quantifying chemical residues.
A team of researchers from Osaka Metropolitan University in Japan have developed a foodborne bacteria detection and quantification tool that can produce results in as little as one hour. The researchers hope to see their technology used to confirm the microbial safety of food products before they leave the production facility.
A team of scientists is developing a rapid sensor-based decision-making system to assess and mitigate Salmonella contamination across the entire poultry supply chain, with an emphasis on improving health equity by leveraging data to help disproportionately affected communities make informed food safety decisions.
The U.S. baby food industry has seen its fair share of advocacy and regulatory headlines in recent years. Most recently, FDA released its Draft Guidance for Industry: Action Levels for Lead in Food Intended for Babies and Young Children. Is this regulatory focus on heavy metals a one-off, or an overview of things to come for the collective industry? This article will discuss the consumer and regulatory drivers of recent years, and also explore the congressional investigation and FDA's subsequent Closer to Zero effort. It will also discuss the latest developments and what moves can be expected next from FDA.
Implementing an effective Listeria environmental monitoring program enables knowledge of where Listeria can enter, harbor, and move through a facility, which is the first step toward keeping the pathogen on the run and not allowing it to impact production surfaces or finished product.
Advances in next-generation sequencing have allowed for an understanding of the microbial inhabitants that make up the microbiome in ways that culture-based techniques are limited. This article provides a broad overview of two genomic techniques and potential applications for their use by meat and poultry processors.
Hygiena® recently announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted patent number 11,634,782, U.S. Patent Application No. 16/549,059, and an official registered trademark to protect its BAX® System SalQuant®, a Salmonella quantification solution.