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!
Are you outsourcing your food safety testing? If you answered yes, you're not alone. In fact, in a recent Food Manufacturing survey, 48% of respondents reported that they outsource at least some of their testing to contract laboratories.
Standardized testing is frequently a topic of debate among educators, government officials and parents. Most communities have found that despite pitfalls and disadvantages, there are valuable reasons to benchmark students and schools. The same is true for food safety tests, typically called proficiency testing. Proficiency testing determines the performance of individual laboratories for specific tests or measurements. This testing can be used to monitor laboratories' continuing performance. Here are some factors to consider in your proficiency testing:
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 committed to creating an easy to use diagnostic that fits in-plant and in-shift. The key to developing a test that does not require a lab environment or a microbiologist is to test it under those conditions. This is the mission of our Applications group. We serve as the “first customer” for Sample6 DETECT/L. Here’s how we ensure that the product is easy to use before Customer Success brings it to you.
At a recent trade show, an executive from leading lab walked over to our booth and asked to learn more about our products. He facetiously joked that he wanted to know more about the test that was trying to take away his business.