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2014 Food Safety Challenge

FDA Announces Food Safety Challenge Winners

The Food and Drug Administration has named the winners of its 2014 Food Safety Challenge. Purdue University’s method of concentrating Salmonella to detectable levels with a process that involves filtering the pathogenic cells out of a stomached food sample using hollow fibers won the grand prize of $300,000. The runner-up — Pronucleotein Inc.’s on-site screening system in… Continue Reading

Food Safety Challenge Finalists Present Work to Judges During FDA ‘Demo Day’

The five finalists of the Food and Drug Administration’s 2014 Food Safety Challenge presented their work to judges Tuesday afternoon during “Demo Day.” The contest was launched last fall to encourage academic institutions and laboratories to develop methods for better and faster detection of Salmonella in food. Forty-nine teams submitted proposals between Sept. 23 and Nov. 9…. Continue Reading

FDA Names First-Ever Food Safety Challenge Finalists

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the five finalists in its first-ever Food Safety Challenge. The contest was launched last fall to encourage academic institutions and laboratories in private and non-profit sectors to develop methods for improving and accelerating the detection of Salmonella in food. Out of the 49 submissions received, judges from FDA,… Continue Reading

Food Safety Challenges: Bridging the Gap Between the Public and Private Sectors

Until recently, just a few standard methods were used for foodborne pathogen identification. But these days, technological advances, including culture independent testing and whole genome sequencing, are quickly changing the space and speeding the testing process, but also sometimes complicating it. Though government agencies maintain foremost control in protecting our food supply, many times these… Continue Reading