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Appropriate controls for PCR detection of foodborne pathogens

30 April 2012 | By Martin D’Agostino, Microbiologist, The Food and Environment Research Agency

Over the years, there has been a great increase in the number of PCR based assays for foodborne pathogen detection. For example, a very basic search for ‘salmonella food PCR assay’ using the PubMed.gov database will produce over 600 results. Clearly, this has led to a huge choice of PCR-based…

Ensuring water quality in food processing

5 March 2012 | By Anett Winkler and Dirk Nikoleski, EHEDG Members

Water is used in food processing for many different purposes. Among other applications it is used in direct contact with the food or food contact surfaces (as an ingredient, steam, etc) or indirectly as a processing aid. Therefore, water quality used in a food manufacturing plant has to be managed…

Food Safety Supplement 2012

27 February 2012 | By Jessica Evans, Gun Wirtanen, Satu Salo, Ricardo F. Luna

How are lubricants affected by food safety regulations? (Jessica Evans, Business Unit Manager, Nonfood Compounds, NSF International)Microbial limits for food processing surfaces (Gun Wirtanen & Satu Salo, VTT Expert Devices)Past, present and future of food safety (Ricardo F. Luna, Senior Quality Specialist, Nestec SA)

Beverage Supplement 2011

5 January 2012 | By Jos Oostendorp, Packaging Specialist, Royal Grolsch Brewery / Josef Kerler and Luigi Poisson, Aroma and Taste Modulation Group, Nestlé Product Technology Centre / Jim Wilson, Director Product Commercialisation, Coca-Cola Refreshments

Has the role of packaging changed? (Jos Oostendorp, Packaging Specialist, Royal Grolsch Brewery)Understanding coffee aroma for new product development (Josef Kerler and Luigi Poisson, Aroma and Taste Modulation Group, Nestlé Product Technology Centre)Taking a closer look at soft drink processing (Jim Wilson, Director Product Commercialisation, Coca-Cola Refreshments)

HACCP: The rise of the prerequisites

4 January 2012 | By John Holah and Edyta Margas, Campden BRI and Robert Hagburg, Benjamin Warren, Judy Fraser-Heaps and Sara Mortimore, Land O’Lakes

This article introduces concepts and ideas about the nature and potential control of microbiological cross-contamination in a food manufacturing environment. The concepts and opinions shared do not necessarily represent the policies and/or programs used by the companies represented by the authors. Microbiological cross-contamination has been a contributing factor to several…

Persistence of listeria monocytogenes in equipment and premises

4 January 2012 | By Brigitte Carpentier, Senior Scientist, ANSES and Olivier Cerf, Professor Emeritus, Alfort Veterinary School

Severe listeriosis (which can cause meningitis, septicemia, or still birth) is an infrequent foodborne illness. Yet, because of its high lethality (between 15 and 30 per cent) its causal agent, Listeria monocytogenes, is perceived as a major threat. Outbreaks of listeriosis were not overly common over the last 30 years,…

The right side of the law

4 January 2012 | By John Hammond, Head of Information & Legislation, Campden BRI

Food legislation is highly complex and impacts on all aspects of the food industry from production, packaging to distribution and marketing. Food laws are a vital element in industrialised and developing countries alike, ensuring the food that consumers purchase and eat is safe and has been marketed honestly. It is…

In a nutshell: Tim Lawruk, Market Manager Food Safety, SDIX

4 January 2012 | By Tim Lawruk, Market Manager Food Safety, SDIX

SDIX is a biotechnology company, founded in 1990, whose portfolio includes food safety, supplying rapid pathogen test technologies. SDIX also designs, develops and commercially produces antibodies. In the life science market, SDIX’s technology and capabilities are being used to help discover disease mechanisms, facilitate development of new drugs, and provide…

Food Safety Supplement 2011

2 November 2011 | By Rudolf Krska, Kurt Brunner, Terry Koerner, Laurence Blayo

Rapid methods for food analysis (Rudolf Krska & Kurt Brunner, Center for Analytical Chemistry, Department for Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln) University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Vienna University of Technology and Terry Koerner, Food Research Division, Bureau of Chemical Safety, Food Directorate, Health Canada) Investing in people to face the…

Safe food and prosperity for people and the planet: What can we do now?

1 November 2011 | By Dr. Katherine Flynn, Lead Editor, People, Planet, Prosperity and the Food Chain

Huub Lelieveld and I first discussed People, Planet, Prosperity and the Food Chain when we found we were the only two vegetarians at a fixed plate dinner where the main course was chicken. Soon we were discussing the need for a 360 degree paradigm shift in the way not only…

Update on E.coli O104 outbreaks

11 October 2011 | By Food Standards Agency

The European Commission has amended the list of certain seeds, sprouted seeds, and beans prohibited from import to the European Union from Egypt...

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