It seems like in recent months and weeks, you just can't seem to escape the news of some type of food recall or without hearing about an outbreak of food contamination at a local restaurant. The CDC has been working with the USDA, FDA, and state/local public health officials to investigate these recent outbreaks caused by Listeria monocytogenes. So, how can you protect yourself from Listeria? Let's first start with the basics.
Over the summer, we introduced you to some of the most frequent causes of foodborne illnesses. There are over 200 known species of bacteria that are related to foodborne illnesses. Here are five more that are frequent offenders and have made a few headlines.
Cronobacter is a lesser known bacterium, but can be just as dangerous as the more famous ones like Salmonella and E. coli. This bacterium can survive in dry environments, such as powdered baby formula, powdered milk, herbal teas and starches. It can also survive outside of a host organism and so, can be found on kitchen counters and food production factory surfaces. Learn more about how to keep your food safe in every process of preparation!
All environmental monitoring begins with a collection tool and there are a wide range of options. There are different mechanisms, sponge materials, bags and more. Let's do a quick run down:
At Sample6, our mission is to provide food producers with a fast and reliable assay for pathogen detection. The Sample6 DETECT/L assay requires only a six-hour incubation, making it the first AOAC-certified, enrichment-free assay that can be performed start to finish in a single shift. However, this is just the first step. Under ideal conditions, with healthy cells, we are able to detect a single cell in one hour, but real world conditions present real challenges. Let’s walk through those challenges and talk a bit about what we are doing to address them:
At Sample6, we are commited to delivering the technology needed to make food safer at the plant level. Along the way, we've learned a lot about food safety in general. There are many misconceptions in consumer use. Some of the most common myths will surprise you.