Support for the organic food producer: Neogen at Natural Products Expo West

In the supermarket, consumers make decisions about purchasing either organic or conventional foods. Microbes and allergens are less discerning; they don’t care if they’re contaminating organic or conventional food.

In many ways, organic food producers have a greater food safety challenge, since they can’t use some of the intervention methods and anti-spoilage techniques used by conventional food producers. Compounding the issue is the perception by many people that organic food means healthy food. A pathogenic or allergen issue could not only have a severe detrimental effect on one organic food producer, it could potentially taint the image of the whole industry.

To talk about the concerns faced by organic food producers (and other important topics), Neogen is heading to Natural Products Expo West — specifically to booth #149 — March 7–11, 2018.

Here are the event highlights:

  • The Food Safety Update: Tools and Resources for Organic Producers training session on Thursday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Marriott Grand Ballroom G. Moderated by Gwendolyn Wynard, Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs for the Organic Trade Association.
  • The Food Safety Handbook for the Organics Industry, with a brand new chapter on whole genome and next generation sequencing. The handbook is the result of close work with organic experts and explains real-world food safety options.
  • Listeria Right Now™, a game changer for environmental Listeria.  The test features a revolutionary one-hour time to result (from the point of sampling!), molecular-level accuracy and no enrichment step.
  • 16S metagenomics, a technology that allows you to take swabs, send the samples to Neogen and within two weeks receive a microorganism map showing where spoilage is happening.
  • AccuClean® Advanced, the simplest way to determine food surface cleanliness after sanitation. Pick up a FREE sample pack at booth #149.
  • The latest version of the Food Allergen Handbook.

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