Rapid technologies have been developed to enable brewers to act more quickly on microbiological issues. Many of these are DNA-based and employ polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to amplify a specific DNA target sequence which then allows detection of the target organism.
Food defence is part of the updated BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8, which will be released in August. A counter-terrorism security advisor from Avon and Somerset Police provided insight to the threat of terrorism to food businesses at our most recent Quality and Food Safety Management MIG, which attracted a capacity audience.
Cereals such as barley, oats and wheat are used in a wide range of products, often as the main ingredient. The quality and safety of cereal-based raw materials, ingredients and products is important, as are reliable, standardised methods across the industry to support quality and safety.
The Triangle test has been long established in the food industry to pick the 'odd one out' of three samples, as a means of measuring the impact of an ingredient or process change on the overall sensory character of a product. A newer method, the Tetrad test, is similar but four samples are presented instead of three and assessors are asked to form two groups of two samples based on similarity.