Consumers trust organically produced food to be healthy and safe but organic food producers face the same challenges as traditional food producers and often with fewer tools, such as antibiotics, to control some risks. The perception of improved health and environmental sustainability is vitally important for the premium often placed on organically produced food. With each item in the marketplace, an organic producer’s reputation is on the line.
With the help of industry professionals, Neogen® has produced a Food Safety Handbook for the Organics Industry as a service to help companies in the organic sector develop solid food safety programs.
Organically produced food is at special risk for pathogens including E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Listeria and Listeria monocytogenes. Neogen offers three platforms of easy to use, leading-edge technology for pathogen detection.
Environmental monitoring has become the focus of many food safety programs and Neogen offers a number of tools to help monitor the presence of pathogens, allergens and other potential contaminants on surfaces.
Allergens have become the most prevalent reason for food recalls in the United States during the past five years. Often a mislabeling issue, allergen contamination can also occur from cross-contamination of foods due to insufficient cleaning of production surfaces or failure to properly segregate allergenic ingredients. Organic foods are particularly susceptible to allergen issues due to the types and number of ingredients involved including peanuts, tree nuts like almonds and pistachios, milk, wheat and soy.
In addition to the diagnostic test kits offered by Neogen, the company offers laboratory testing services of food allergens.
Neogen’s ATP verification system, AccuPoint® Advanced is AOAC approved and the ideal tool to monitor a food manufacturer’s SSOP as ATP testing can verify that effective cleaning has taken place during the manufacturing process. Neogen’s technical representatives work alongside major food companies and have the experience to provide full training and on-going support for ATP testing. The AOAC approval follows a recent study conducted by NSF International that showed AccuPoint Advanced exceeded the performance of competitive systems on the market — further adding to the robustness of the device.
Neogen’s Acumedia® brand offers a broad range of enrichment media for general microbial to pathogen-specific organisms. More than 240 catalog formulations are available along with over 200 custom formulations to meet specific customer requirements. ISO 9001 certification, quality ingredients, consistent products, competitive pricing and on-time delivery make Acumedia enrichment media the right choice.
Neogen offers the broadest range of microbiological testing solutions in the industry. From the company’s three platforms of pathogen detection; the Reveal® system of lateral flow tests, the GeneQuence® line of microwell tests and our ANSR® molecular detection system, to our two automated, fast general and indicator organism platforms; Soleris® and BioLumix®, to our line of ampouled media and monitors for water microbial monitoring, to our Colitag™ line of powdered-substrate test for coliforms and E. coli in water, Neogen has a microbiology testing solution for every organic food and beverage producer.
Neogen offers the industry’s most complete line of mycotoxin tests. Our new Reveal Q+ line can deliver precise results after only minutes. Following a simple extraction the user combines the extract with a diluent, inserts a Reveal Q+ test strip, then reads the strip in Neogen’s AccuScan® Gold reader to receive precise results. Reveal Q+ offers both room temperature incubation and storage — eliminating the need for an incubator and refrigeration space. The test requires only minimal equipment to achieve precise results and a simple extraction process. And of particular interest to the organics community, Neogen’s new Reveal Q+ MAX line features an environmentally friendly, water-based extraction in the same easy-to-use testing format.
Because of its ease of use and clarity of result, many companies prefer to utilize our self-contained protein detection tests for their sanitation monitoring programs. AccuClean® Advanced is intended to be used as a simple method to determine the cleanliness of food contact surfaces and equipment. AccuClean Advanced is housed in a fully self-contained cartridge that once activated, changes color to indicate the relative level of protein detected on a sampled surface.
After 10 seconds, the solution is compared to a color comparison chart for interpretation. If no protein is detected, the solution in the bottom of the cup will remain copper-colored to indicate the surface is clean. A color change to gray indicates low level protein has been detected, while a change to green/blue or blue indicates a higher level of protein detected.
Ractopamine is a beta-agonist drug added to feed to promote lean muscle in animals raised for meat. While many countries allow the use of ractopamine within specified limits, including the United States, regulatory agencies in other countries have banned residues of the drug, including those in the European Union, Russia, and China.
Neogen’s Ractopamine Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are intended to screen cattle and swine samples, and swine and turkey feed samples for the presence of ractopamine. The tests are one-step screening devices that easily detect the presence of ractopamine at set levels. The ractopamine screening test for swine feed screens at 2.5 parts per billion (ppb); the test for cattle feed screens at 1 ppb; and the test for swine and turkey feed screens at 0.5 or 4 parts per million (ppm).