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Features: IT Building Blocks
How constructing the right IT system can strengthen safety and crisis management
Features: Top Five Software Capabilities in Safety
Incorporate critical software abilities that leverage real-time, actionable knowledge and provide analytics for better control and consistency during production
Departments: IT Solutions for Food Safety Management
IT can help manage the mound of information it takes to remain compliant with new food safety legislation.
Departments: Data Explosion Threatens Food Safety
Experienced auditors with cutting-edge technology can protect your business
ERP software vital to keep track of lot-specific data across entire supply chains
Features: The zNose Knows Ripeness
An electronic nose may hold the secrets to melon ripeness and could provide the answer much more quickly than the previous scientific method—gas chromatography—which takes up to an hour to analyze a single sample.
All too frequently, a story appears about tainted food that has traveled through the supply chain undetected until it causes illness and triggers a costly recall. This scenario not only puts the health of the consumer at risk but is also invariably expensive and can destroy a company’s reputation.
It’s been used to crack the code of some of the most troublesome foodborne illness outbreaks in the world, including the rare and lethal E. coli hybrid strain that began in Germany and spread throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. last summer, as well as the outbreak of listeriosis traced to cantaloupes from Colorado-based Jensen Farms last autumn.
Most tests for foodborne contamination are designed to detect one pathogen at a time.
A new fluorescent test system called a DNAzyme sensor, developed by researchers at Toronto’s McMaster University, may speed up and simplify the detection of pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli by hunting for the metabolic DNA byproducts left behind by these bacteria.