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Features: Safeguarding Against False Test Results

Salmonella and Campylobacter impact a number of large food industries, forcing the need to deploy testing solutions that ensure the safety of products and the well-being of consumers

Features: Reducing the Unique Risks in Sprouts

Best practices for sampling and microbial testing during sprout production  

Features: Re-Evaluating Additives on the GRAS List

Are there food additives once considered safe that should now be banned?

Departments: Future of Produce Testing in Question

The expense of detective work and exemptions for smaller farms might be a hindrance despite the availability of better and faster assays.

Departments: Identity That Goes with the Grain

Systems that track certain varieties start with certified seed and end with traceable, high-quailty ingredients

Departments: Analyze Organophosphorus Pesticides in the Apple Matrix by GC/MS/FPD Using an Agilent J&W DB-35ms Ultra Inert GC Column

Organophosphorus pesticides (OP) are widely used in the agricultural industry for crop protection. Human toxicities for this class of molecules have shown acute and chronic effects from pesticide poisoning. OP pesticides affect the ner­vous system of insects and mammals by inhibiting an enzyme, acetylcholinesterase, that is important in helping regulate nerve impulses.

Departments: Move Over, Salmonella

You’re not likely to see a picture of Campylobacter in a post office lobby, but as of July 2011, the FSIS has introduced a new performance standard to reduce the prevalence of Campylobacter, similar to the one used for Salmonella for years.

Departments: On the Trail of Salmonella

Of all foodborne pathogens, Salmonella is one of the most difficult to isolate because of its homogeneity. Strains like Salmonella enteritidis and Salmonella Montevideo are, genetically speaking, almost indistinguishable from one another using conventional tools of forensic microbiology.

Departments: Certified Wheat Seed Ensures Quality of the Loaf

When it comes to food ingredients, few food manufacturers can match the quality assurance and traceability claims of Warburtons, the United Kingdom’s largest independent baker.

Departments: Dioxin Detection Offers Protection

In recent years, several high-profile contamination crises have raised concerns over dioxin levels in a variety of food products. In December 2008, the Irish government recalled all pork products made in the Republic of Ireland after the discovery of dioxins in slaughtered pigs. Tests on some of the Irish pork products showed dioxin levels up to 200 times the recognized safety limit. This was followed by the Chinese government’s December 9th announcement banning all imports of pork from Ireland after...

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