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Interest brewing in kombucha as healthy beer and soda alternative

Kombucha — a fun word to say, and to an increasing number of people, a fun drink to consume.

Kombucha is a type of lightly fermented, somewhat vinegary-tasting tea that has exploded in popularity with health food fans. It’s made using tea that has been brewed in a normal way, with sugar added, and then […]

Neogen’s Jim Topper hosts Food Safety Friday webinar for International Food Safety & Quality Network

Environmental monitoring programs are more important than ever for the food and beverage industries. A robust program that uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) verification monitoring can protect companies from outbreaks, recalls and the costs that come with them.

Neogen’s Jim Topper will present on the topic of establishing effective ATP sanitation verification programs on this week’s […]

ATP, protein and allergen testing in production facilities: Which should you use?

Any food producer could tell you that keeping facilities clean is paramount. A good sanitation standard operating procedure is essential to ensure that business can continue as usual. There are many tests and methods to verify cleanliness. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the options.

ATP testing

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a […]

Allergen control plans in the food industry: Best practices

Neogen was the sponsor of the very successful Food Safety and Compliance track at this year’s Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, Calif. One of the sessions given, “Allergen Control: The Business Case and Best Practices to Support Your Company,” was presented by Jenna Blumfield, senior food editor for New Hope Network and Neogen’s Market Development […]

Why ATP testing is not sufficient for allergen control programs

Testing for adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an amazingly simple, cost-effective and efficient method of validating the effectiveness of a food manufacturer’s cleaning procedures.

But, using an ATP test for the purpose of detecting food allergens will yield unreliable results. Neogen food safety expert Andrew Ciavattone explains why.

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How to establish effective RLU thresholds for ATP testing

One of the most important questions facilities implementing an ATP sanitation verification program face is how to establish effective thresholds. Establishing thresholds is not only relevant at the start of the program, but should be reevaluated at regular intervals to make sure the sanitation objectives reflect real-world conditions, which can change over time.

Rather than […]

Comparing the sensitivity of sensors in ATP testing systems

ATP testing has become the standard method for determining the amount of organic residue on food production surfaces after cleaning for sanitation verification. Each ATP testing system uses a chemiluminescent reaction to produce light that is directly proportional to the amount of ATP in the sample. The light is measured by a device called a […]

Top ATP testing data sites

When it comes time to begin the process of defining individual test sites in an ATP sanitation verification program, the question often becomes, “how do I choose the best sites for testing?” The key to answering this question is to focus on a set of test sites that provide a representative sample of the sanitation […]

The role of pathogen testing in an environmental monitoring program

Listeria

The main underlying aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the focus of food safety from a reactionary stance to one that is preventive. A key component of preventive controls is monitoring and cleaning the environment in which food is produced and processed.

Neogen’s extensive line of industry leading diagnostics […]

FSMA and the role of environmental monitoring

Signed into law more than five years ago, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now finalized and will take effect over the next few years. The most comprehensive reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus […]