To Test or Not to Test

There is a dilemma facing the food industry: technological advances allow us to detect an ever-growing number of potentially harmful emerging organisms. But when is the right time to start testing?

By Catherine Cockcroft, Head of Microbiological Services, Eurofins Food Testing UK Limited, UK.

July 2017

New health threats concerning the food industry feature regularly in the media. But differentiating true emerging organisms of concern from the background noise is difficult – and addressing those threats within food businesses even more of a challenge. Those in the industry must recognize the hazards relevant to their products, assess the risks, and then manage them through prerequisite programs (the foundation of good hygiene practices) and the use of food safety hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) principles.