3M Food Safety’s Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella has earned matrix extensions from AFNOR Certification for its NF Validation. The test was first certified by AFNOR (Certificate reference number: 3M 01/16-11/16) in February 2017 for detection of Salmonella spp. in all human foods as well as in samples from the food processing environment, excluding primary production samples. The pathogen test’s validation now encompasses samples taken from primary production as well as from animal feed and pet food.
The Salmonella pathogen test kit is part of the 3M Molecular Detection System platform, award-winning technology that combines isothermal DNA amplification and bioluminescence detection to produce rapid, accurate results with fewer steps, reducing costs and technician time. Enhanced with a proprietary 3M nanotechnology, the test gives processors a streamlined workflow that enables same-day or next-day pathogen test results and faster, more confident food safety decisions. Comparative research shows that the 3M Molecular Detection Assay 2 – Salmonella will process a batch of 96 samples 1.7 times faster than the closest competitive technology. Last year, the 3M Molecular Detection System became a primary method of the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service for the detection of both Salmonella and Listeria. A full report on the research used for the certification will be published in the Journal of AOAC International within the next year.
Additionally, the 3M Clean-Trace Hygiene Monitoring and Management System, a rapid and comprehensive method for testing food or beverage manufacturing surfaces, has received AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) Certificate No. 041901 from the AOAC Research Institute. The 3M Clean-Trace System’s performance claim to detect adenosine triphosphate (ATP) on common food manufacturing contact surfaces with consistency and stability was evaluated through the AOAC Performance Tested Methods (PTM) program.
The 3M Clean-Trace System can help bridge the gap between an immediate but imperfect visual inspection and the time-consuming process of microbial culturing of collected samples, the company said. It takes only seconds to test for the presence of ATP, a molecular indicator of biological residue. ATP testing and its benefits have been well-supported for many years throughout scientific literature, but not all systems perform equally. To make an informed choice that best meets their needs, manufacturers are encouraged to evaluate ATP solutions in their individual production environments prior to adoption. Additional research comparing the performance of the 3M Clean-Trace System with other ATP monitoring tools was conducted by the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is available at 3M.com/CompareATP. For more information about the technology, visit 3M.com/CleanTraceTechnology.
Throughout the year, Wine Business Monthly aims to help wineries and wine grape-growers evaluate and successfully deploy innovative new products introduced into the industry. The editorial staff regularly writes about new products and new product categories that assist in the advancement of wine quality from vineyard to bottle.
Bird Control Group was chosen as one of Wine Business Monthly’s 2019 Innovation + Quality Product Award Winners and recognized at the Fifth Annual Innovation + Quality Forum May 22 & 23 in Napa, Calif.
Bird damage is a real issue for many growers. After investing time, money and energy throughout the year to bring a crop to harvest, frustration levels rise when birds overtake a vineyard and decimate it in matter of days. Bird Control Group's commercial grade lasers and their unique programmable capabilities allow growers to repel birds in an effective, affordable and neighbor-friendly way, the company said. A one-time system configuration based on vineyard topography allows for an almost hands-off approach which significantly decreases traditional labor costs.
On average, customers with vineyards experienced bird damage of $1,176 per acre per year. Those farmers solved their bird issues by investing from $205 per acre per year in one or more automatic bird repellent lasers. They achieved a 92% reduction in birds which resulted in a saving of $971 per acre per year.
For more information or a custom proposal, visit Bird Control Group.
Civil Eats – As both a Congresswoman and owner of Turner Farm, Chellie Pingree (D-ME) understands that the U.S. food system contributes about 25% of greenhouse gases each year, but believes those who produce the food hold the potential to reverse that statistic. But they need incentives and tools from policymakers to do so. In a Civil Eats commentary, Pingree provides five suggestions. In brief:
- Make soil health a top priority. Healthy soil can improve climate resiliency by improving water quality and increasing farm productivity. We need to explore ways to further incentivize farmers to sequester carbon in the soil.
- Protect existing farmland. The U.S. is losing 1.5 million acres of farm and ranchland per year. Converting farmland into other uses increases greenhouse gases.
- Support pasture-based livestock systems. Research into livestock diets can help find innovative ways to reduce their emissions maintaining their positive contributions to pasture-based systems.
- Boost investments in on-farm energy initiatives. Renewable energy systems can provide new revenue streams for farmers, but they need incentives to help to reduce up-front costs.
- Reduce food waste. We have to support food waste reduction throughout the supply chain—from encouraging consumption of imperfect produce to standardizing food date labeling.
For detail on each of the five and Pingree’s full commentary, visit Civil Eats.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-ME) is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and owns Turner Farm, which grows certified organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers, and produces pasture-raised beef and pork.
- CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Concord infections linked to Karawan brand tahini imported from Israel.
- On May 15, 2019, Brodt Zenatti Holding LLC of Jupiter, Fla., recalledexternal icon Karawan brand tahini because it might be contaminated with Salmonella.
- Four ill people have been reported from three states (Mass., N.Y., and Texas).
- One person has been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
- Illnesses started from March 9, 2019, to March 23, 2019.
- This outbreak is not related to a recent multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to tahini.
- This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
Advice to consumers, retailers, and restaurants:
- Do not eat, sell, or serve tahini labeled as “Karawan Tahini” or “El-Karawan Tahini” or products made with this tahini, such as hummus.
- Retailers and restaurants should not use any Karawan brand tahini. Retailers and restaurants should throw the product out and sanitize any surfaces that may have come in contact with recalled tahini or products made with recalled tahini.
- Consumers should not eat any Karawan brand tahini. Throw out any food you made with Karawan brand tahini. Even if some tahini was eaten and no one got sick, do not eat it.
- Wash containers that held foods made with recalled Karawan brand tahini with hot, soapy water or clean in the dishwasher.
- Wash surfaces that came into contact with recalled tahini with hot, soapy water.
Contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from eating Karawan brand tahini products.
- Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12-72 hours after eating contaminated food.The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
- More information can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmonella-food/index.html.
- If you have questions about cases in a particular state, please call that state’s health department.