Faster pathogen testing could purge food contaminants
Source of Article: http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Quality-Safety/Faster-pathogen-testing-could-purge-food-contaminants
By Jane Byrne, 14-Jan-2009
Greater speed in pathogen detection within processing plants rather than a reliance on enhanced regulation is the key to reducing product contamination from pathogens such as Salmonella, claims a diagnostic test consultant.
Tom Weschler, president of Strategic Consulting, said that while 68.5 million tests are carried out annually on a global basis to detect the presence of Salmonella in foodstuffs, results from the majority of these tests can sometimes take a few days.
“There is an immediate need for detection kits that shorten the time-to-result for food processors to help them take corrective measures much faster at production line level, while ensuring that retailers and consumers still get their products in the fastest time possible,” he told FoodProductionDaily.com
He added that improvements in sampling concentration methods by microbiology technology manufacturers would make it easier and less time consuming to determine pathogen presence in food products.
Meanwhile, Alaska Food
Diagnostics said it has recently received Association of Analytical
Communities Research Institute (
“This third party endorsement reaffirms our work in food quality assurance and will appeal to food manufacturers requiring rapid results, reliability and specificity in their testing,” said Laurie Callow, CEO of the microbiology test company.
He claims that
According to Callow, the assay, which has been trialled with leading food manufacturers, can be used within a food processing plant as no specialist skills are required.
He told this publication that the company currently has detection assays targeted at E. coli and Listeria in the production pipeline.
And in the ongoing Salmonella
outbreak in the
PCA said the recall is
due to the fact that its product could be contaminated with Salmonella after
an open container of King Nut brand peanut butter in a care facility in
PCA sells peanut butter in bulk packaging to distributors for institutional and food service industry use. It is also sold under the brand name Parnell's Pride, and under the label King Nut by the King Nut Company.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the laboratory analyses on the contamination in the King Nut container have the same genetic fingerprint as the cases in the national outbreak of salmonella food poisoning.
Fifteen more cases of salmonella have been reported, bringing the total to 425 in 43 states, claims the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); the CDC also said that three elderly people may have died of the illness.
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