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Insider Insight to Non-GMO Claim Market Trends

Posted by Seth Keller

March 7, 2017 at 1:00 PM

gmo_blog.jpgIt’s no secret that consumers are continually seeking out healthier foods, with a particular emphasis lately on organic foods, dairy-free or meat-free alternatives and products free of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). But should you make a non-GMO claim on your food label? The answer lies in understanding consumer motivations for purchasing one product over another. While these trends are not new, non-GMO claims specifically have been on the rise as top motivators of consumer food choice over the past few years.

Understanding the Trends
Recent studies show that claims such as non-GMO do factor into decision making at the grocery store. According to the Illinois based research firm Nielsen, sales of food labeled “non-GMO” grew more than $8 billion from 2012 to 2016, reaching nearly $21.1 billion in total sales. The percent of new products being released into the market making organic and non-GMO claims in recent years has increased significantly compared to new products making other popular claims.

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Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, NonGMO, Food Production, Food Manufacturing, Consumer Trends

The Hidden Cost of Product Recalls

Posted by Seth Keller

January 19, 2017 at 10:00 AM

hidden_cost_recalls_blog.jpegIn 2016, various high profile recalls and minor scale recalls threatened the public safety of consumers across North America. Although it’s impossible to eliminate human error, and thus recalls entirely, it is paramount to understand the direct economic impact of recalls and related risks. Likewise, there are extensive efforts made by regulatory agencies to support food manufacturers as a supplement to the efforts your company should be making to ensure you remain off the recall lists in 2017.

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Topics: Food Safety, Environmental Monitoring, Recalls, FDA, Preventive Controls, Product Recalls

The New GMO Law: 4 Takeaways for Food Manufacturers

Posted by Seth Keller

August 26, 2016 at 10:45 AM

female_scientist_look_at_plant_sample.jpgA majority of consumers find the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) debate complex and confusing, especially with regulations varying from country to country. With the growing push to eat more “all natural” and “organic” foods comes increased concerns about products that are manufactured with genetically modified ingredients, irregardless of concrete evidence that GMOs are either good or bad for human health.

After months of debate in Congress, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law requiring the labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients on July 29th. To make more sense of the new law, below is a brief list of the main takeaways from the legislation:

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Topics: Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs

Optical Character Recognition – Improving the Sample Submission Process

Posted by Seth Keller

October 16, 2015 at 11:15 AM

OCROver the past decade, the food testing industry has adopted new methods and strategies to reduce turn-around-time and the total duration of testing methods. In addition to the tests themselves, many other factors must be considered when referencing total turn-around-time and the amount of time spent by your staff in filling out and submitting laboratory testing forms.

For a majority of laboratories, turn-around-time begins when the sample is received to start testing. Turn-around-time can be reduced logistically by the use of expedited shipping services and couriers, but the laboratory itself must manage processing the samples in a timely fashion once they hit the laboratory door.

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Topics: Mérieux NutriSciences, Food Testing, Optical Character Recognition

Spotlight on Campylobacter

Posted by Seth Keller

April 24, 2015 at 10:33 AM

Campylobacter Background:

World Health

Campylobacter is a less commonly known organism that has quickly become an emerging hot topic in food microbiology in recent years due to various recalls, news articles and evolving government regulations. Surprisingly, this genus of spiral shaped, microaerophilic bacteria is the most commonly reported bacterial cause of gastroenteritis from foodborne sources in the United States, outranking E. coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus and other more well known microorganisms.  

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Topics: campylobacter, Microbiology,

Tips to Put Food Safety on Your Plate in 2015

Posted by Seth Keller

January 13, 2015 at 1:02 PM

Screen_Shot_2014-03-27_at_10.46.56_AMWith the New Year upon us, we all have the opportunity to make our lives happier and healthier. An important area to consider that often is overlooked at this time of year is food safety. Below is a list of rules and actions our government is taking to further promote food safety in 2015, in addition to tips to promote safe food handling this New Year in your own home.

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

The Key Ingredients to a Healthy Thanksgiving

Posted by Seth Keller

November 26, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Thanksgiving PhotoThanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends, good health, and of course food.  Lots of food!  Most families have mastered the preparation of the main dishes, whether it’s through sacred family recipes, or certain family members preparing their signature dishes.  The traditional Thanksgiving staples of turkey, stuffing (a.k.a. dressing), and pie, while tasty and healthy in their own rights, are normally the main focus of the evening. As a change of pace, this year you might want to consider giving added attention to some of the traditional ingredients from the most important sections of the food pyramid: Fruits and Vegetables! 

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Cronobacter: An Emerging Pathogen Under the Microscope

Posted by Seth Keller

September 12, 2014 at 8:52 AM

CronobacterCronobacter, an emerging opportunistic foodborne pathogen, is posing an increased risk to the health of neonates, persons with immunocompromising conditions, the elderly, and even healthy adolescents and adults. This gram-negative, anaerobic, motile, and rod shaped bacteria exists in the environment and can survive in a variety of dry conditions. Due to the rarity of infections and wide variety of symptoms caused by Cronobacter, the bacterium is under-reported and not well understood in the United States.

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Topics: Food Safety


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