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How does a food and beverage laboratory LIMS handle incident management and corrective action?

Quality and safety are ideally major priorities for any food and beverage manufacturer. However, despite every best effort to maintain such safety and quality, incidents and near-misses can and do happen from time to time. This requires the manufacturer to quickly be able to not only identify the incident or near-miss,…
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How does a LIMS help a food and beverage business improve HACCP compliance?

As national and international demand for safer, higher-quality foods and beverages increases, modern food and beverage businesses are finding themselves more inclined to adopt (or pressured to adopt, due to regulations) good industry practices and strong cultures of food safety. Part of that equation involves the hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) principles,…
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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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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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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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