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Food Safety

Even with COVID-19 dominating the headlines, Food Safety depends upon rapid, reliable detection of bacterial pathogens. With recalls costing the Food industry $100M per year or more, we’ve rapidly adapted our technology to speed up the clock on certainty and reliability to thwart Salmonella, Listeria and L. mono. Here’s a sampling of the issues driving our innovation.

  • FDA plans to send foodborne illness updates weekly

    The Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, an FDA agency, has announced weekly reports to identify foodborne outbreaks. This advancement in surveillance will allow for public notification prior to a public health advisory or recall, ideally curtailing the risks. More here »

  • CDC Could Further Strengthen Its Efforts to Identify and Respond to Foodborne Illnesses

    According to the US Government Accountability Office, the increase in multi-state outbreaks in recent years has led to the need for faster communication from the CDC. Read more here »

  • German authorities investigate E. coli infections involving daycare centers

    An outbreak of E. coli at several daycares in Germany has yet to be identified. More than 20 patients have been hospitalized as part of the outbreak. Read more here »

  • USDA releases plan to decrease Salmonella in meat, poultry, eggs

    One of the keys to eliminating pathogens in foods is to establish benchmarks for reduction. FSIS is implementing strategies to decrease Salmonella illnesses through science and changing consumer and industry behaviors. Read more here »

  • Scientific Literature Alert: Alternative Approaches to the Management of Listeria monocytogenes

    Researchers are calling on regulators at the USDA and FDA for an updated approach to Listeria monitoring. Due to the large stockpile of data that is now accessible, researchers insist, foods that have high likelihood of an outbreak should be identified and be held to a different standard. More here »

  • Reporting delay likely impacted size of sandwich Listeria outbreak

    In 1999, a deadly listeria outbreak led to 9 hospitalizations, of which 7 people died. The delay in stopping the outbreak, which was linked to deli sandwiches, is suspected to have created this high mortality rate. Read full article »

  • FDA, Mexico COFEPRIS and SENASICA collaborate to enhance food safety

    Recognizing the significant reliance upon imported Food from Mexico, the FDA has taken its New Era of Smarter Food Safety across the border. The FDA will work in with Mexico’s two food safety bodies, the Federal Commission for the Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) and the National Service of Agro-Alimentary Health, Safety, and Quality (SENASICA) to heighten safety protocols. Read more »

  • Food safety is a top issue globally for consumers

    In a new study by Mars Global Food Safety Center, consumers shared that food safety was a top 3 global issue. The study showed that food safety and security were as significant of a concern as climate change and pollution. More here »

  • Canada ups their game on romaine testing requirements

    Now through the end of 2020, all lettuce grown in Salinas is required to be tested for E. coli 0157.H7. This testing, which will likely be conducted at the site of production will lead to an increased cost and potential shipment delays in a highly perishable good. Read the full news »

  • EnviroX-f has earned an AOAC® Performance Tested Methods SM (PTM) Certificate

    PathogenDx today announced that EnviroX-f, an ultra-rapid microarray test designed for food safety, has earned an AOAC® Performance Tested Methods SM (PTM) Certificate from the AOAC Research Institute. EnviroX-f is the world’s first multiplex Salmonella, Listeria spp and LM test in a single production shift without the need for enrichment. Read the full news »