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Maximimizing Technology Advancements in Environmental Testing

This article was published in the December 2016/January 2017 edition of Food Quality & Safety magazine.

The U.S. FDA is now exercising its judicial powers to bring federal criminal charges against food processors/manufacturers, their management and employees for food safety violations and non-compliance under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). There are significant technology advancements in pathogen detection and testing that greatly enhance the ability of food processors/manufacturers to reduce the “time-to-results” without compromising accuracy, have higher throughput and maximize operational efficiencies, and obtain test results within a production shift while improving the efficiency and efficacy of the their sanitization program. Combining superior enrichment media and testing systems is a critical first line of defense in protecting a company’s brand, its management and employees, and most importantly, its consumers.

Play FDA for a Day – Criminalization of Foodborne Illness

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Criminalization of Foodborne Illness

What you can do to protect your company

Roka Bioscience, LLC (Roka) presented Shawn K. Stevens, Food Safety lawyer and expert  of Food Industry Counsel, and Mary Duseau, Senior Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of Roka, in a webcast providing a roadmap to help food companies navigate the new regulatory, legal and technological environment in food safety. They demonstrated how playing “FDA for a Day” with your own Self-Audit, under the protection of attorney-client privilege and with Better Testing Technology, will prepare food companies for the now launched U.S. FDA “swab-a-thons” and prevent potential criminal action against your company.

The FDA for a Day Program consists of:

  1. Roka providing all food companies with a complimentary swab kit containing swabs and FoodChek’s ActeroTMListeria Enrichment Media for environmental sample enrichment
  2. Roka providing complimentary Listeria testing of the enriched swabs on their Atlas® System using advanced molecular technology
  3. Food Safety lawyer and expert, Shawn Stevens, providing food companies with a complimentary and attorney-client privilege assessment of Listeria contamination in their facilities along with a remedial action plan.

As a food company – protect your consumers, your brand and company from harm and view this essential webinar today!

Fast Detection of Listeria monocytogenes in Deli Meat and Dairy Products

Poster Presentation at the 2016 IAFP Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri held July 31 to August 3, 2016

Introduction:  The ability of L. monocytogenes to proliferate in various foods at refrigeration temperatures and survive even after deep freezing makes the occurrence of this foodborne pathogen in ready-to-eat (RTE) foods of particular concern. It is especially threatening to the deli meat and dairy industries if fast and reliable detection methods are not applied. Since L. monocytogenes in RTE food can be present at low concentration with sub-lethal injury during food processing, an enrichment step is crucial to resuscitate injured cells and allow sufficient growth for detection.

Objective:  This study was to validate a sensitive and rapid method for L. monocytogenes detection in deli meat and dairy products.

Presenting Authors:

FoodChek Laboratories:  Dr. Sergiy Olishevskyy, Cathy St-Laruent, Melissa Buzinhani, Michael Giuffre

DuPont Nutrition & Health:  Morgan Wallace

Development and Evaluation of a New Rapid Method for Detection of Salmonella in Meat and Poultry

Poster Presentation at the 2016 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo in Chicago, Illinois held July 16 to 19, 2016

Introduction:  Despite control and prevention efforts, Salmonella infections arising from contaminated meat and poultry continue to be a significant problem, with millions of cases occurring each year. Conventional methods for the detection of Salmonella can require up to seven days for a positive result and are not appropriate for routine testing of large numbers of samples. Thus, the development and implementation of rapid detection methods of Salmonella are among the most important food safety tasks.

Objective:  This study was to develop a sensitive and rapid method for Salmonella detection in meat and poultry, including raw ground beef, raw ground chicken and chicken carcass rinses. This study included validation of a new protocol based on single-step enrichment with Actero™ Salmonella Enrichment Media followed by detection using the DuPont™ BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assay for Salmonella.

Presenting Authors:

FoodChek Laboratories:  Dr. Sergiy Olishevskyy, Cathy St-Laurent, Melissa Buzinhani, Michael Giuffre

Dupont Nutrition & Health:  Morgan Wallace

MICT® Reader & E. Coli Cassettes

FoodChek’s MICT® System is the most fastest, accurate and easiest-to-use in-house pathogen testing system without compromising safety. Advantages of the MICT® System are:

  • Fastest “Time-to-Results” for E. coli O157 – in less than 8 hours
  • Save up to 50% on your cost of testing
  • FoodChek’s MICT® System has AOAC CERTIFICATION

This ad appeared in the May 2016 edition of MEAT+POULTRY magazine.

WEBINAR / Culture Shift: The New Dynamics of Listeria Environmental Control and Testing

FoodChek’s Senior Product Manager, David Claveau, M.Sc, MBA, is a guest presenter on a complimentary webinar hosted by Roka Bioscience. David is speaking on how faster recovery of stressed Listeria can change the way you do business – Media Advancement.

When:  Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Time:    2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, 11:00 am to 12pm PT

Please click here to view a replay of the webinar.

BAX® System Real-Time PCR Assays Certified with Single-Stage Enrichment in FoodChek™ Actero™ Listeria Enrichment Media

FoodChek™ Actero™ Listeria Enrichment Media, followed by rapid real-time processing with the DuPont™ BAX® System, was approved by AOAC-RI to allow a singlestage, 20-26 hour enrichment (sample-dependent). This method can return Listeria results in just 22 hours for some matrices, one of the fastest time-to-results available for the pathogen in the food safety industry today.

Press Release

New Independent Director, Jonathan Legg, elected to the FoodChek Board of Directors – March 19, 2015