Draft guidance addresses Listeria testing for RTE food production

Ready-to-eat (RTE) food producers were given new direction from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this year when its draft guidance “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods” was updated.

We’ve summarized the draft guidance before, but now we’ll go over the guideline’s approach to sampling and testing for L. mono.

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Food safety at every step of the supply chain

Being at the top of the food chain is one thing. Being at the top of the food safety supply chain is another. It can be a precarious position to be in.

As any food industry professional knows, food safety can’t be guaranteed just because the practices used within one company’s facilities are spot-on. Top-notch […]

Study: 72% of those claiming a food allergy are wrong

Sometimes it is just better to be wrong.

A recent study investigated whether more than 2,000 people who claimed to have a food allergy actually had a food allergy. The result? Only approximately 28% of those claiming a food allergy were actually allergic to food.

In an article discussing the study, the study’s authors said […]

Organic food: What you need to know

Predicted to reach approximately $456 billion by 2025, the organic food and beverage industry continues to grow and is currently one of the fastest expanding food markets in the U.S.

Analysts believe this growth comes from a number of factors including rising government support for organic agriculture, expansion of organic products beyond just health food […]

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GFSI in 2017: The Year of FSMA Compliance – Food Safety Tech Insights on how FSMA and GFSI work together to manage food safety.

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California farmers hope crops get a chance to chill

Just as people benefit from getting the proper amount of sleep, crops like pistachios, peaches and almonds need a certain kind of rest as well.

Typically referred to in the agricultural industry as “chill hours,” it is basically a certain amount of cold weather needed every year — usually between 32°F and 45°F —to help […]

Avocado seeds and the fight against Listeria

If there’s one thing we know about consumer preferences it’s that we want it all — food that tastes good while still being good for us, available at a low or reasonable cost, and of course easy to find, prepare and/or eat. For many, a major part of food that is deemed healthy are options […]

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Updated database intended to limit food fraud; help with FSMA

Costing the food industry an estimated $10-$15 billion annually and affecting as much as 10% of the global food supply, food fraud is an ongoing issue that officials believe cannot be ignored. That is why the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has launched the next generation of its Food Fraud Database (FFD 2.0).

The goal of […]

Neogen’s AccuPoint® Advanced receives AOAC approval

Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) announced today that it has received approval from the AOAC Research Institute for its rapid and accurate AccuPoint® Advanced ATP Sanitation Monitoring System.

Neogen’s AccuPoint Advanced is the first sanitation monitoring system to receive an AOAC approval, and this approval follows a recent study by NSF International that showed AccuPoint Advanced […]