In this issue of Hot Source we explore topics including cultured meat products, process validation, aquaculture certification and foodborne diseases.

As global populations rise cultured meat will provide an alternative to traditional meat but without the need to farm animals. There would be no need for veterinary drugs or hormones and greenhouse gases and animal waste would reduce. But what exactly is cultured meat and what are the challenges for industry?

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) continues to gather momentum. In this issue we look at FSMA certification, the certification criteria and how to take the first steps towards becoming FSMA certified.

In the dry ingredients sector, since the realization that low water activity products can carry harmful microorganisms, it has become important for these products to have their processes validated to safeguard human health. Explore the subject and solutions with our experts.

In seafood, we are proud to announce that we have certified the Netherlands’ Kingfish Zeeland as the world’s first Pacific Yellowtail producer and the country’s first ASC certified farm.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control from 2009 to 2015 there were 5,760 reported outbreaks of foodborne disease, resulting in 100,939 illnesses, 5,699 hospitalizations, and 145 deaths. In this article, we look at the data to see what it can tell us about foodborne diseases in the United States.

And closing this issue, we explore the facilities and capabilities of our food testing laboratory in Odessa, Ukraine, which has been upgraded to deliver new services, including milk analysis.

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