ARS USDA 03/05/14 New detection methods improve food safety "These screening assays are alternatives to biological assays used by regulatory agencies," Schneider says. "The fluorescence assay is very rapid and detects the drugs when they are at or above the tolerance level. TRL methods require more cleanup, but have greater sensitivity." Chemist Steven Lehotay, along with a previously visiting scientist, Michelangelo Anastassiades, developed the QuEChERS method, which stands for "quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe" and is pronounced "catchers." The streamlined approach makes it easier and less expensive for analytical chemists to examine fruits and vegetables for pesticide residues.
MICROBIOLOGY AUSTRALIA - MAI 2013 - Food Safety. Au sommaire: Cooking meat at home Download PDF Article Published: 13 May 2013 and One of the five keys to safer food promoted by the World Health Organization for consumers is “cook thoroughly” as cooking food properly kills almost all dangerous microorganisms1. While this simple message is similarly promoted throughout Australia, beliefs and self-reported behaviours among consumers concerning cooking can vary. Here we describe consumer surveys on cooking meat as an example. PARLIAMENT_UK 08/09/14 MPs debate food fraud Watch the debate and read the transcript The Member in charge for this debate was Roger Williams, Liberal Democrat MP for Brecon and Radnorshire. Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Huw Irranca-Davies, responded to the debate on behalf of the Opposition. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, George Eustice, responded for the Government. Relevant documents
FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE - JUNE/JULY 2013 - Comparison of Microbiology Testing Practices MICROBIAL TESTING | June/July 2013 By Tom Weschler Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively. As a result, food safety officers need to understand those variations and establish expectations and practices with their suppliers to mitigate variations and ensure safe and wholesome products that meet label claims. Microbiology testing in food plants around the world varies by organism, food segment (protein, dairy, fruit/vegetable, processed food) and geographic region. This article will examine variations in global testing practices in more detail, including a review of where samples are collected and the test methods used for analysis.
FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE 17/12/13 Rapid Pathogen Identification System Evaluated for Food Industry Testing. Biz Tracks | December 17, 2013 By Staff PathoGenetix, Inc., developer of an automated system for bacterial strain typing, and Marshfield Food Safety, LLC, a full-service microbiology and chemistry contract testing laboratory, announced Dec. 17 that Marshfield will evaluate PathoGenetix’s RESOLUTION™ Microbial Genotyping System. Per the agreement, Marshfield will conduct independent testing of the RESOLUTION instrument, assays and database in its corporate laboratory, and provide feedback on the system's speed, utility and ease-of-use for food industry applications. FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE - FEB/MARCH 2014 - Trends and Solutions in Combating Global Food Fraud FOOD FRAUD | February/March 2014 By Patrick Pimentel, M.Sc. Ed. PH From horse meat to seafood, food fraud is a growing problem worldwide.
MICROBIOLOGY AUSTRALIA - MAI 2013 - Food Safety. Au sommaire: Microbiological testing of foods: what, why, how Download PDF Article Published: 13 May 2013 A and B Complexity in food testing arises from the food (matrix), the need to detect low numbers of target microorganisms in the presence of potentially similar background microflora, the potential use of testing to demonstrate compliance and the high cost (not just financial) of getting it wrong. FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE - AOUT/SEPT 2014 - Economically Motivated Adulteration: Broadening the Focus to Food Fraud FOOD FRAUD | August/September 2014 By John Spink, Ph.D. This feature updates our October/November 2013 article “Economically Motivated Adulteration: Another Dimension of the ‘Expanding Umbrella of Food Defense,’” which highlighted the global and holistic activities to prevent economically motivated adulteration (EMA), intentional adulteration and the broader concept of food fraud. While past articles focused on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) food defense activities,[1, 2] this article focuses on the impact of worldwide industry efforts.
FOOD SAFETY MAGAZINE – DEC 2014 - Lab Outsourcing: What You Need to Know. Testing | December 2014/January 2015 By Kurt E. Westmoreland Currently estimated in the neighborhood of $3.5 billion, the global food testing market is projected to reach $4.63 billion in 2018—a 32 percent increase—according to IndustryArc, a market research group based in India. FOOD QUALITY - OCT/NOV 2013 - Rapid Detection's Role in Marine Food Traditional microbiological methods for detection of pathogens in food can require up to five days to obtain a simple yes/no result. This time-consuming process slows the workflow, holding the food in quarantine and preventing its release. It can then result in a considerable delay before products can be put into the market. Immunoassays based on the principle of lateral flow technology allow for convenient detection of pathogens within 24 to 48 hours, depending on parameter.
FOOD QUALITY - DEC 2014 - Intercepting Food Fraud Before It Hits the Shelves Food standard authorities rely on food laboratories to use sophisticated instrumentation and techniques to identify components of foodstuffs. The economic impact of counterfeiting products in the food and beverage industry amounts to millions in lost sales and profits to retailers, producers, and suppliers. Fake claims about the content of foods and beverages also pose an unsuspected risk to consumer health, as well as to people who base their food choices on their ethical and religious convictions. Consequences
FOOD QUALITY - DEC 2014 - Lab Implementation of ISO 11133:2014. An example of a quality control certificate in compliance with EN ISO 11133:2014. In March 2014, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) introduced the revised EN ISO 11133:2014, which is now a mandatory standard for all accredited laboratories that perform microbiological testing of food, animal feed, or water using culture media. The standard was compiled by a joint ISO working group from food and water standardization and titled “Microbiology of food, animal feed and water—preparation, production, storage, and performance testing of culture media.”