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Departments: Laboratory Equipment: Traceability and Throughput, Driven by FSMA

The right tools and services can keep labs running smoothly

Features: A Magnetic Approach to VTEC/STEC

Examining the nature, characterization, and detection of non-O157 VTEC/STEC with a focus on immunomagnetic separation as a technique of interest

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News: Global Food Contract Testing Lab Revenues Exceed $3 Billion in 2013

Food companies around the world are sending an increased amount of quality and safety testing to third-party contract testing laboratories, according to a new report from Strategic Consulting, Inc., a provider of market research to food safety diagnostics companies. Total revenues for food contract test labs are estimated to reach $3.05 billion in 2013, up from $1.95 billion just five years ago, at a compound annual growth rate of 9.4 percent worldwide.

Features: The Paperless Microbiology Laboratory

Linking LIMS with an automated approach is allowing one lab to improve the progress of its sample workflow

Features: Sample Preparation Selection

Typically regarded as the bottleneck in the analytical laboratory, sample preparation can be conducted more smoothly by assessing the strengths and drawbacks of three common used approaches in food safety—LLE, QuEChERS, and SPE

Features: Vegetable Oil Analysis

Exploring the use of SFC in combination with ELSD to determine triglyceride composition of vegetable oils

Features: Handy Contract Labs: Not Just For Testing Anymore

Contract labs serve as multifaceted verification tools, technical resources, and partners in the quality and food safety management system  

Features: Analytical Trends in Measuring Food Quality

New instrumentation that improves speed and accuracy, and novel approaches that leverage better equipment are driving advances of analytical methods

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News: False Negatives for Common Pathogens Frequent in Food Laboratory Assessment

The accuracy of food microbiology laboratory testing for common pathogens “remains problematic,” according to a review of proficiency test results over a period of 14 years. The average percentage of false negative results in the review of almost 40,000 results was more than 5 percent for several common pathogens, researchers reported at the American Society for Microbiology meeting, May 18-21, in Denver.

Features: A Close Look at a Molecular Detection Method

Pathogens can be detected in enriched food and food process samples with the combined help of isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection technologies

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