Tag: Laboratory testing

New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

New diagnostic tests could hamper tracking of foodborne illness

| April 22, 2016

According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the latest diagnostic tests for foodborne illness identify infections more quickly but could make detecting outbreaks more difficult. So-called culture-independent diagnostic tests (CIDTs) help doctors diagnose foodborne infections in a matter of hours because they do not depend on traditional […]

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FSA consults on egg safety report

FSA consults on egg safety report

| February 23, 2016

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has launched a 10-week public consultation on a new draft report examining the safety of raw or lightly cooked eggs. The report was compiled by an expert group set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Foods (ACMSF), with a brief to re-examine the issue and […]

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No safety concerns over pesticide residues in US food

No safety concerns over pesticide residues in US food

| January 21, 2016

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published data from its Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary for 2014 confirming that overall pesticide residue levels in tested foods do not present a safety concern. During 2014 the USDA tested 10,619 samples of food for pesticide residues, including 8,582 samples of fruit and […]

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Genomics helps detect Salmonella outbreaks

Genomics helps detect Salmonella outbreaks

| November 17, 2015

Public Health England (PHE) has released information about how it uses the developing science of genomics to identify and characterise Salmonella isolates and detect related clusters of illness that could signify foodborne outbreaks. The PHE Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit has been implementing genomic techniques since April 2014 and largely phased out conventional serotyping of Salmonella […]

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Food testing is useful, but not infallible

Food testing is useful, but not infallible

| July 1, 2015 | 1 Comment

More and more testing is being performed on food products worldwide with every year that passes. Despite the advent of HACCP – and the virtual abandonment of quality control testing as a means of ensuring food safety and quality – ever lengthening supply chains and consumer concerns about safety have driven a steady increase in […]

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Agency rescinds recall of ground cumin batch

Agency rescinds recall of ground cumin batch

| July 1, 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency has announced that it has rescinded a recall of a batch of ground cumin sold by the Bart Ingredients Company that had tested positive for the presence of undeclared almond protein. Results from Bart Ingredients own testing of the same batch contradicted the positive result and further analysis of samples […]

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Optical method can identify individual bacteria

Optical method can identify individual bacteria

| June 12, 2015

A team of researchers from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea have developed a new optical method that is said to be capable of identifying bacterial species at the single bacterium level. The new method works by directing a laser onto bacterial cells under a modified microscope to […]

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FDA Food Safety Challenge finalists announced

FDA Food Safety Challenge finalists announced

| May 19, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed the names of the five finalists in its Food Safety Challenge to develop promising new approaches for achieving big improvements in the speed of detection methods for Salmonella in fresh produce. The finalists are as follows: A team at Auburn University with a method combing magnetoelastic […]

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A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

A QUESTION OF CONFIDENCE – how food microbiology labs can ensure their results are reliable

| November 18, 2014

Supply chains have become ever longer and more complex as food production has developed into a truly global industry. The need to monitor the safety of food at every stage means that microbiological testing remains a key weapon in the fight against food contamination and the volume of testing undertaken continues to grow. Today’s laboratories […]

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FDA launches food safety challenge

FDA launches food safety challenge

| September 26, 2014

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a prize competition to search for a potential breakthrough idea for the rapid detection of pathogenic microorganisms in food – particularly Salmonella in fresh produce. The 2014 Food Safety Challenge carries a total prize pool of $500,000 and is looking for innovative ideas and technologies designed […]

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