2014 Food Safety Challenge

FDA-logo_406x250The 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…

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. laboratory-testing-406Out of the 49 submissions received,…

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…