Microbes with the potential to cause disease are destroyed during milk pasteurization, but not all bacteria and its associated enzymes are eliminated by that process.
August 25, 2016
Fresh, or raw, milk transported from farms to dairy processing facilities in tanker trucks contains a diverse mix of microbes, which varies from season to season, according to researchers from the University of California, Davis, Davis, Calif.
This study shows that big data and analytics can help identify potential sources of contamination.
August 12, 2016
Scientists at IBM Research – Almaden, San Jose, Calif., discovered that analyzing retail-scanner data from grocery stores against maps of confirmed cases of foodborne illness can speed early investigations.
Many food processors struggle to translate the company's commitment to actual employee behavior on the plant floor.
July 27, 2016
Alchemy Systems in partnership with the Campden BRI, UK; SQF Institute, Arlington, Va.; British Retail Consortium, UK; SGS, Switzerland; and TSI, Inc., Shoreview, Minn., released the results of a global survey of food companies’ food safety training practices and challenges.
Sample6 DETECT/L is said to be the first in-plant, in-shift pathogen detection for Listeria spp in ice cream, fresh produce and packaged meats.
July 25, 2016
Sample6, Cambridge, Mass., initiated a multi-center collaborative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition (CFSAN), Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) and Winchester Engineering Analytical Center (WEAC) to test Sample6’s bacteriophage-powered, state-of-the-art, in-shift Listeria pathogen testing detection system.
The treatment lowered bacterial levels below detection limits, and extended shelf life to up to 63 days.
July 25, 2016
A rapid heating and cooling of milk significantly reduces the amount of harmful bacteria, extending the shelf life by several weeks, according to a study produced by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
Food label guides or initiatives like the removal of sell-by dates could help reduce food label confusion and alleviate the perceived tradeoff between food waste and foodborne illness.
July 22, 2016
Nearly 70% of respondents agree that throwing away food after the package date has passed reduces the odds of foodborne illness, according to a study produced by SQL Server Reporting Services, a server-based report generating software system from Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.
The increase in organizations viewing quality as a competitive differentiator and strategic asset is a positive shift from organizations that simply view quality as a compliance.
July 18, 2016
According to the “Global State of Quality 2 Research: Discoveries 2016” report, 36% of survey respondents said their organization views quality as a strategic asset and competitive differentiator, up from 22% in 2013.
If (or when) a food recall actually occurs, the ability to ensure real-time cradle-to-grave traceability makes it possible for a food company to keep its response within the scope of the actual contamination problem.