Seek and destroy: The importance of environmental monitoring for meat and poultry

Seek and destroy: The importance of environmental monitoring for meat and poultry

The food industry continues to move toward a preventive, proactive approach to food safety. Testing for pathogens in food processing environments allows food manufacturers to identify and eliminate environmental pathogen sources, helping to reduce the risk of food contamination, recalls, and foodborne illness. Pathogen environmental monitoring (PEM) programs are typically used to verify sanitation measures, … Continue reading “Seek and destroy: The importance of environmental monitoring for meat and poultry”

Method selection: Insist on the one that performs best on your matrices

If you’ve decided that outsourcing quality and food safety tests is the best approach for your business and are now ready to begin working with your chosen lab partner (see more), it’s important to determine which method is best for your matrices. Consider the following when selecting methods with your lab: Insist on what works: … Continue reading “Method selection: Insist on the one that performs best on your matrices”

Food allergens: how regulations are changing the global food safety landscape

Food allergies are on the rise. Studies show that food allergies are increasing around the world, for both children and adults.1 Scientists are researching ways to reverse or treat allergies, but the only current treatment – besides antihistamines to reduce symptoms – is to avoid consuming specific foods that trigger reactions. Avoiding allergens in foods … Continue reading “Food allergens: how regulations are changing the global food safety landscape”

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Ensuring high-quality and safe food: monitoring for spoilage organisms and allergens

None of us likes to be surprised by opening a container of butter and discovering it’s rancid. Nor do we enjoy reaching into a bag of apples to find a soft and squishy one. Food spoilage is inevitable for most products, but certain microorganisms can accelerate the decaying process. Improper storage and handling can expose … Continue reading “Ensuring high-quality and safe food: monitoring for spoilage organisms and allergens”