2017 is being heralded as the 'year of transparency' in attempt to satisfy customers who want to know more about the content of their food and its origins. In latter months of 2016 there was an increase in recalls from sunflower seeds to flour to powdered milk. It is predicted that this rise in recalls is not expected to slow down with many experts predicting a growth in scale and frequency for 2017, making it even more pressing to ensure you have the right tools to hand to enable you and your business to prevent issues before they happen, impacting the bottom line.
A selection of recent news articles showcasing Fera's new OriGen Foodborne pathogen detection service, online and in print, are summarised below.
Fera Science, which the Government privatised in 2015 and is now owned by Capita, has developed OriGen, which uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination. The launch follows a recent food poisoning outbreak in bagged salad. Research carried out by the insurance firm Lockton determined that the number of food recalls by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2015 grew by 78 per cent compared with the previous year.
UK-based joint private/public sector venture Fera Science has launched its new OriGen service to allow food manufacturers to find the exact origin of foodborne bacteria. OriGen is a process that uses whole genome sequencing (WGS) to identify the root cause of the bacterial contamination in food products, which helps manufacturers deal with the problem properly. The new service collects samples from the product supply and processing chain to identify the precise source of a contamination using WGS.
Fera Science has launched a new service for food manufacturers that uses whole genome sequencing to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination in food products. OriGen is described as 'an innovative process' that allows food companies to find the cause of the problem and ensure it is dealt with properly. It is a key new tool in the protection of the integrity of food supply chains, according to Fera.
Fera Science has launched a new service that it claims could help prevent outbreaks such as the recent E.coli case in salad. OriGen uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination, allowing food manufacturers to find the cause of the problem and ensure it is dealt with properly. It is being billed as a key new tool in the protection of the integrity of the UK’s food supply chains.
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Fera Science has rolled out a new service for food manufacturers to detect bacterial contamination, as food safety plays a key role in influencing consumer behaviour. Product recalls due to contamination issues are expected to have a profound impact on consumer behaviour toward brands. To address the issue, Fera has launched a new process OriGen, which uses Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) to identify the source and trace the route of bacterial contamination.
No one likes to think that the food they have produced has caused death or serious illness – but when working with fresh produce, that possibility is always present. Produce Business UK looks at some of the risks and the innovations that are coming onto the marketplace to mitigate them.
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