There has been a lot of recent attention to organic food products and organic farming. As more research comes out about the dangers of synthetic pesticides and inhumane agricultural practices, more support is going towards what is "natural."
FSMA has been enacted into law for almost 5 years, and is kept up to date with the newest food safety innovations. In September, we talked about new preventative measures for human and animal food. 2016 has begun with creating new legislation in regards to produce production and processing, as well as the finalization of the Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) that applies to both human and animal food. FSMA continues to define and help implement safe environments for all parts of the food production process!
Last month, the Sample6 DETECT/L listeria environmental assay was certified by the AOAC. DETECT/L is the first in-shift non-enrichment test that the AOAC has ever certified. To our customers, this is a critical milestone, required for the adoption of a new diagnostic. Our advisor, David Acheson of The Acheson Group, describes it as “the gold standard in validation for food safety diagnostics and indicates a high standard of product that users can have confidence in.”
In order to develop a revolutionary diagnostic, we have processed thousands of real world samples using Detect/L. To measure our performance during development, we have confirmed each of these samples using traditional methods. Depending on our workload, sometimes we run confirmation in house and sometimes we ship them off to a third party lab. In the process, we’ve established great partnerships with labs around the country. We’ve also learned a lot about working with your outside lab.