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What potential does a LIMS have in improving the safety and satisfaction of food and beverage consumers?

We’ve come a long way from the days of adulterated milk and frequently contaminated foodstuffs of the 1800s, with food and beverage safety and satisfaction high on the list of societal needs. Demand- and regulation-driven change (along with greater understanding of contamination types and sources) has gone some way towards…
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How does a LIMS benefit microbiological sampling and testing in the food and beverage industry?

The microbiology laboratory associated with food and beverage manufacturing serves the important purpose of better ensuring the quality and safety of those who inevitably consume what’s produced. However, unlike a clinical microbiology lab, the food-safety-oriented microbiology lab has distinct sampling and analysis workflows that add challenges to any paper-based efforts…
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How does a LIMS help a food and beverage business better address the core principles of quality and safety management?

The core principles of food and beverage quality and safety management Proper management of food and beverage quality and safety is vital for not only the manufacturer but also the consumer. Hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) methods (described later) remain one of the obvious go-to tools for food…
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How does ISO/IEC 17025 impact laboratories?

What ISO/IEC 17025 asks of laboratories While ISO/IEC 17025 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories has laboratory quality control handily in mind, and it is increasingly adopted by laboratories[1], the standard is challenging to adopt, especially for small and academic labs.[2] Additionally, several regions of the world…
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What types of testing occur within a food and beverage laboratory?

Testing within the primary roles of a food and beverage lab Food and beverage laboratory personnel tap into numerous scientific disciplines for the work they do. Among the various roles the food and beverage lab serves, disciplines such as biochemistry, biotechnology, chemical engineering, chemistry, fermentation science, materials science, microbiology, molecular…
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What is the importance of food safety laboratories to society?

History of food and beverage testing and regulation The history of laboratory-based food and beverage tasting is scattered, with little being documented about foodborne illness and food safety until the nineteenth century. However, with a better understanding of bacteria and their relationship to disease, more was being said about the…
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What are the key elements of a LIMS for Food and Beverage?

Base LIMS requirements for food and beverage labs The use of LIMS in food and beverage R&D, production, and quality labs is not a new concept [1], though many such labs today find themselves still using manual, paper-based methods. Given the regulatory demands for providing rapid proof of traceable product movement…
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What do Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) labs require from a LIMS?

Food and beverage labs and the LAAF program The Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA) was signed into law in January 2011, giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broader authority to regulate how the country’s food supply is grown, harvested, and processed. The FSMA was amended in December 2021…
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How can a LIMS assist food and beverage industry compliance with ISO 22000 and ISO/IEC 17025?

International food and beverage safety through regulatory-driven operational standardization When discussing the landscape of food and beverage safety and it regulation, it’s difficult not to mention standards like ISO 22000 and ISO/IEC 17025. Most competitive and well-established food and beverage companies will already be accredited to the ISO 22000:2018 standard,…
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What are the key LIMS elements for ISO/IEC 17025 compliance?

LIMS and quality management In order to be most successful—while meeting the requirements of standards and regulatory pressures—a laboratory must focus on a culture of quality.[1] A quality management system (QMS) is one means for a laboratory to put additional focus on quality, and ISO/IEC 17025:2017—at least in spirit—promotes the adoption…
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What is the importance of ISO/IEC 17025 to society?

ISO/IEC 17025: Supporting quality management in the lab ISO/IEC 17025:2017 General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories is an internationally recognized standard that places requirements on testing, calibration, and sampling laboratories to demonstrate “the competence, impartiality, and consistent operation” of their business activities.[1] At its core, the standard places a…
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What are the LIMS key elements for construction & engineering?

Base LIMS requirements for construction and engineering labs Like many other industries dealing with large amounts of scientific data and a wide variety of test methods, construction and engineering laboratories often turn to laboratory information management systems (LIMS) to not only better manage the data but also manage a wide…
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What standards & regulations affect a construction & engineering lab?

Standardized test methods used by construction and engineering laboratories Like other materials testing labs, well-run construction and engineering labs are dependent on standard-based analytical methods developed with the input of the international community. The use of those standardized test methods may be mandated as part of the lab’s efforts towards…
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What types of testing occur within a construction and engineering laboratory?

Construction materials and geotechnical testing: The basics Like any other manufactured materials, construction materials such as fasteners, lumber, and adhesives have a certain level of expectation attached to them, that they will be safe to use, of good quality, and will perform in the way advertised by the manufacturer. And…
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What is the importance of a construction and engineering laboratory to society?

Construction and geotechnical testing From concrete and asphalt to construction site substrates like clay and rock, the proper quality and characterization of construction and engineering materials is critical to a construction project’s long-term success. The importance of perfecting and using quality construction materials dates back millennia, for example to the…
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What are the organizational justifications for a LIMS?

LIMS justification focused on your organization When discussing the justification of LIMS acquisition for an organization, it’s easy to broadly speak about the typical challenges, requirements, and considerations for labs of all types. While this basic approach provides important deductions about LIMS for the laboratory industry as a whole, no…
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What are the alternatives to a LIMS?

Examples of LIMS alternatives A laboratory information management system (LIMS) is a modern solution to the increasingly demanding workflow needs of most laboratories, particularly those performing activities in regulated industries. However, laboratory work wasn’t always conducted with the help of such a software system, and a LIMS isn’t always the…
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What types of testing occur within a materials testing lab?

Materials testing: The basics Materials science and its associated tests are largely considered a part of the applied science branch of sciences, as the study and testing of the properties of materials are put to use in the manufacture and construction of a wide variety of items. Testing methodologies can…
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What types of lab testing are affected by ISO/IEC 17025?

Testing in ISO/IEC 17025 laboratories The scope section of ISO/IEC 17025 indicates that the standard “is applicable to all organizations performing laboratory activities, regardless of the number of personnel.”[1] Further, in its terms and definitions section, the standard states that a laboratory—for the purposes of the document—is a “body that performs…
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What standards and regulations affect a food safety laboratory?

Globally recognized food safety standards Like other industries, the food and beverage industry depends on well-defined and -justified standards to better ensure the quality of their products. Implementing and maintaining conformance to internationally recognized and benchmarked food safety standards benefits the food and beverage organization in a number of ways[1][2]:…
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