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Lindsey K. McLeod Receives ASQ Quality Auditor Certification

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ABC Research Laboratories, along with The Certification Board of ASQ (American Society for Quality) is pleased to announce that ABC Research QA Director Lindsey K. McLeod has completed the requirements to be named an ASQ-Certified Quality Auditor, or ASQ CQA. As such, she has reached a significant level of professional recognition, indicating a proficiency in and a comprehension of auditing principles and practices.

ABC Research is now a General Mills Approved Food Safety Laboratory

General Mills Approved Lab

ABC Research Laboratories is proud to announce its acceptance as a General Mills Approved Laboratory. General Mills, one of the world’s largest food companies, provides this honor only to food testing laboratories that follow the strictest standards and best practices for food safety and quality testing. 

If Menu Nutritional Labeling Laws Used Facebook

Menu Labeling Laws

If the pending regulation on menu nutritional labeling was on social media, they would easily be your lamest friend. 

Are we there yet? How long does Food Safety Testing Take?

Zen and the art of Food Testing

If you ask a scientist a question, you would think you would get a highly precise answer. 

“How long is this leaf?”

“2.356 centimeters”

But get into more complicated scenarios and you will often find the first answer is “It Depends.” 

“What is the weather going to be like today?”

“It depends [on time/place].”

“What is the most efficient way to cook a steak?”

“It depends [on doneness level, fat %, etc., etc.]”

*Sigh*  You ask an expert and all you get is more questions!  Today, I would like to explore the “It Depends” scenarios for a question we are routinely asked:
How long will my food testing take?

The turnaround time on food testing varies greatly depending on the type of test and the matrix of the sample.  For simplicity’s sake, let’s split up testing into two subsets:  Microbiological and Chemical testing.

How to protect your food supply chain, webinar event

Supply Chain Food Industry Webinar

Knowing what's going on at every level of your supply chain is critical in any industry, especially if your supply chain deals with food. There are many gaps to fill in from farm to fork, and missing even one of them can lead to disaster for your company. So what's the best way to see (and fill) those gaps? Food safety testing pros Dr. Gillian Dagan and Lori Stephens, MS, REHS/RS as they share how to implement a vendor specification program for your supply chain. Topics covered include:

ABC Research's Chief Culture Officer: More than Potlucks & Foosball

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When it comes to food safety testing laboratories, the human resources department is an unexpected place to hear of innovation and development. However, for ABC Research Laboratories in Gainesville, Florida, this is far from the case. The announcement of HR Managing Director Janelle Peele's successful completion of the Society for Human Resources Management's "Professional in Human Resources Management" certification, and promotion to the role of Chief Culture Officer, is just the latest demonstration of how the company is innovating the ABC Research experience.  

ABC Research Replaces Major Food Safety Lab for Chemistry Testing

Alliant Food Safety Labs and ABC Research Laboratories

ABC Research Laboratories, a food safety testing lab based out of Gainesville, Florida, celebrates its selection to be Alliant Food Safety Labs' premier supplier of chemistry testing for food products. This professional relationship between the two food safety laboratories aims to benefit both firms as they continue to expand their service offerings.

"I couldn't be more excited for this service partnership with AFSL," commented Dr. Gillian Dagan, chief scientific officer for ABC Research Laboratories. "While we offer ISO 17025 accredited microbiology and chemistry testing on site, we are thrilled that our chemistry lab's reputation for excellence in testing, coupled with our superior customer service, grabbed the attention of Alliant, and we look forward to many years of providing both to their team."

“Their reputation of providing the highest quality chemistry testing products is why we chose to partner with ABC Research laboratories” said Jeff Krawczak, Lab Director and owner at Alliant Food Safety Labs, LLC.  “It wasn’t a difficult choice.” Krawczak continued, “ABC Research has capabilities that are unmatched elsewhere. They always conform to the ever-changing industry standards.”

Improvisation and Food Safety: The Strange Tools of the Trade

Food Safety Hacks

We all grew up watching MacGyver get out of any situation using everyday materials he had at his disposal.  A gum wrapper to fix a blown fuse, a fire extinguisher and metal hooks as a bomb against bad guys….once, he even used eggs to fix a busted radiator.  And although Mythbusters deemed the egg/radiator trick “plausible”, I still can’t rank MacGyver above my own Food Testing Experts for ingenuity.  Keep reading to discover some of our best MacGyver moments in the lab.

Food Safety Mom Rant: The Ugly Truth about Kids Menus

Truth about Kids Menus

As a parent, it is often a head shaking moment when I peruse the children’s menu at a restaurant.  Grilled cheese, chicken fingers, hamburgers….oh, yeah—and my favorite---pasta with butter.  In our family we call it “the tan plate.”  Not a smidge of color to be seen except the ketchup that may accompany these dishes.  Has anyone noticed kids like color?  The candy industry understands this fact.  Kids clothes and shoes come in every rainbow pattern imaginable and you certainly don’t see kids movies made in black and white.  So why deny them the same visual display (and nutritive value!) on the kids menu?

What you don't see on your supply chain CAN hurt.

Supply Chain Food Industry

Knowing what's going on at every level of your supply chain is critical in any industry, especially if your supply chain deals with food. There are many gaps to fill in from farm to fork, and missing even one of them can lead to disaster for your company. So what's the best way to see (and fill) those gaps? The Product Specification Compliance Program by ABC Research Laboratories may be just what you need to lower your risk and protect your brand.

The ABC Research Laboratories Product Specification Compliance Program was designed to aid restaurant operators, retailers, wholesalers, and processors insuring quality through increased visibility in their supply chains. ABC offers the PSC as an objective, 3rd party laboratory, combining our analytical services, sensory evaluation, and problem solving capabilities to present a nonbiased view of your products’ quality statistics. By assuring that you have full visibility with your suppliers and that you are receiving products made within specification, financial losses due to diminished quality, increased waste, improper labeling, or low cook yield, can be minimized. 

Why should I outsource product cuttings? 

Product cuttings should be outsourced to take subjectivity and bias out of the testing.  By having a 3rd party evaluate your product, you can insure that the data will not be skewed by things like supplier relationships and the cost of the product versus others in your supply chain.  Further, ABC research has invested in trained food scientists to manage product evaluations and review the data--something most restaurant chains cannot invest in.  When an issue is identified with a product, the restaurant can either work side by side with the supplier to rectify the issue or allow the trained food scientists at the lab to talk the supplier through the issue and help them prevent the same issue again.

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