Researchers at McMaster University in Canada have developed a rapid Salmonella test for detecting contamination in chicken and other foods, which could help to reduce the cost of food processing and improve food safety. In this episode of the Xtalks Food Podcast, Sydney talks about new Salmonella test, which provides accurate results in an hour or less and does not require accessories or a power source. Traditionally, Salmonella detection was done through a series of tests that could take several days to complete. This delay in results can lead to the spread of the infection, as the contaminated food may not be identified until several days after it has been consumed; however, this novel, rapid Salmonella test offers a more efficient way to detect the bacteria. Another advantage of the rapid Salmonella test is that it is relatively easy to perform and it can be used in a variety of settings, including labs and food processing facilities. The team praises McMaster for developing this test but wonders whether the color strip that indicates a positive test could be difficult to interpret.
Also in this episode, Sydney talks about what General Mills, Nestlé and Unilever are doing to address sustainability concerns. General Mills has made a significant commitment to sustainability, setting a goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its value chain by 30 percent by 2030 through various green initiatives. Nestlé has set ambitious targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, with a focus on reducing emissions across its supply chain. Unilever has set a goal to achieve net zero emissions across its value chain by 2039, with a focus on reducing GHG emissions from its products. These companies have set ambitious targets to reduce GHG emissions, conserve water and ensure that their supply chains are sustainable and ethical. The team wonders whether theses long-term goals are achievable or whether the companies are taking advantage of buzzwords like water neutrality to promote themselves are sustainable.
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New Rapid Salmonella Test Could Accelerate Poultry Safety
3 Major Food Companies’ Long-Term Green Initiatives and Sustainability Goals
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