Salmonella, the name of a group of bacteria, is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. Usually, symptoms last 4-7 days and most people get better without treatment. But, Salmonella can cause more serious illness in older adults, infants, and persons with chronic diseases. Salmonella is killed by cooking and pasteurisation.
Rapid developments in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology mean that WGS (whole genome sequencing) is now a real life application to aid with real world problems in the food industry like this. This scientific technique can aid the food industry from source tracking of bacterial contaminants like Salmonella to the identification of spoilage communities. Find out more here
Any laboratory process should have some sort of quality control checks in place. Increasingly, this is formalised via accreditation to a recognised international standard, typically ISO 17025. It is widely acknowledged that the best mechanism for demonstrating competence is via the use of an external quality control, for example, one that is generated outside the laboratory. Usually this is interpreted to mean taking part in a Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme, generally provided by a professional PT provider such as Fapas.
Our Food Microbiology proficiency test samples combine the test organisms into real food matrices or swabs, together with background flora to fully represent real-world samples. Within this qualitative proficiency test your testing ability for the detection of the pathogen Salmonella in milk powder is evaluated.
18 May 2017