Cinnaminson, NJ, August 19th
Earlier this summer the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) posted information about the recall of almost 100 cases of fish food designed specifically for Siamese fighting fish, more commonly known as bettas. The company behind the recall reported that the packages in question were distributed to Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
According to the recall notice, “Fish with Salmonella
infections are not well documented and fish carrying Salmonella
typically do not show any signs of disease.” However, it also states, “Salmonella
can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.”
Fortunately, at the time of the FDA posting there had been no reports of illnesses. Consumers are still being urged to return the product from the production lots of concern to the place of purchase for a full refund.
The experts at EMSL Analytical, Inc. can test for microbial pathogens and their scientists offer cutting-edge testing to identify Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria
and other microbial contaminants. These tests can be utilized to assess raw materials, finished products and production surfaces. Testing is also instrumental for evaluating cleaning and disinfection procedures at processing, production and manufacturing facilities. In the event that a contaminated product has already caused an outbreak, rapid testing methods from EMSL can facilitate the process of quickly pinpointing its source to prevent further product contamination and illnesses.
These testing services not only protect the public from exposure risks, they are also vital to prevent costly product recalls, damaging public relations and the legal fees that are so frequently associated with recall events.
To learn more about microbial or sterility testing of foods and beverages, over-the-counter medicines, personal care products, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com
, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com
.About EMSL Analytical, Inc.
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