rapid microbiology methods

Comparing Food Safety Testing Practices in the US and Europe: How Fast Is Fast Enough?

US food producers are moving more quickly to new, rapid technologies for their food safety testing programs, while their European counterparts remain more faithful to traditional microbiology test methods, according to Food Micro—7, a new market research report from Strategic Consulting, Inc.

Woodstock, VT October 2, 2012 — A new study comparing food safety testing in the United States and Europe points to key differences between these two large food producing regions, and projects continued but differing growth in the size and value of their respective food microbiology testing markets.

Food Micro, Seventh Edition: Comparison of the Food Microbiology Testing Markets in the US and EU (Food Micro—7) from Strategic Consulting, Inc. (SCI), compares total test volume, market value and growth in food microbiology testing, including the organisms tested and the technologies used for food safety testing in each region. read more…

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Use of Rapid Microbiological Methods

Comparing Rapid Microbiological Method Usage in the Food and Pharmaceutical Industries

I followed with interest Dr. Michael Miller’s blog from the PDA’s 6th Annual Global Conference on Pharmaceutical Microbiology last week. Dr. Miller consults on regulatory, quality and compliance solutions for rapid microbiological methods (RMM) in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device industries, and was blogging on the meeting’s presentations related to rapid and alternative microbiological methods.

The meeting’s opening keynote was presented by Dr. Daniel Y. C. Fung, who is an expert in rapid methods for the food industry and an Industry Professor of Food and Science at Kansas State University. Dr. Fung’s presentation reviewed the last thirty years of global developments of rapid methods. Dr. Fung incorporated market data from SCI’s Industrial Microbiology Market Review, Third Edition (IMMR—3), on total micro tests conducted and total market size for food microbiology testing. read more…

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Food Pathogen Testing Moving to Outside Testing Labs

An emerging trend in food safety testing: Pathogen analysis moving to contract labs or corporate testing centers

We’re seeing an emerging trend in food safety testing that we believe has big implications for diagnostic equipment manufacturers: Pathogen analysis is increasingly being conducted outside of food plants in contract labs or corporate testing centers.

Food Micro-5, Strategic Consulting’s latest market research report on food safety microbiology testing, shows sizable growth in both routine and pathogen testing in the U.S. food industry. With pathogen testing growing at twice the rate of routine testing, it all adds up to increased opportunity for diagnostic test manufacturers.

Even more important, however, is where that analysis is taking place. Increasingly, SCI is seeing food plants deciding to send their samples outside for analysis, either to contract testing labs or corporate testing centers. In fact, the volume of samples sent outside for analysis is growing at an even faster rate than the pathogen testing market is growing. read more…

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