The lurking menace! Detection of
The current, and very dramatic outbreak
of E. coli O104 in Germany
reminds us all of the need for great
vigilance in food hygiene, particularly
for those with responsibility for
production and delivery of food that is
safe for the consumer. Challenges can
come not only from known pathogens, but
recent years have seen the sudden
emergence of previously unknown strains
with tragic lethal outcomes for
consumers, while for producers and
suppliers the consequences can be
legally and economically disastrous.
Food handling and processing
environments, together with food contact
surfaces such as blades, mixers,
benches, and conveyor belts are common
vectors for the spread of pathogens, so
rigorous validated cleaning procedures
are essential to prevent contamination.
To ensure cleaning continues to be
effective, all cleaned surfaces must be
regularly sampled and tested to ensure
microbial levels are within acceptable
limits and that dangerous pathogens are
not present at all.
Medical Wire has a number of products to
help with this task.