Food fraud is a collective term used to encompass the deliberate and intentional substitution, addition, tampering, or misrepresentation of food, food ingredients, or food packaging; or false or misleading statements made about a product for economic gain (Spink and Moyer, 2011a). The types of fraud include adulteration, tampering, overrun, theft, diversion, simulation, and counterfeiting (Spink and Moyer, 2011b).
Verticillium longisporum, a fungal pathogen considered a major disease of oilseed rape in Europe, has been discovered in canola in Manitoba. This soil borne fungus infects through the roots of canola plants and then grows into the xylem throughout vegetative parts of the plant. The xylem, which transports water, becomes clogged resulting in wilting and often death of the plant. The fungus produces microsclerotia that survive in plant debris in soil for many years.
The University of Guelph, Agriculture & Food Laboratory (AFL) tests both finished food products and raw ingredients for the presence of staphylococcal enterotoxins A, B, C, D, and E.
Turnaround times for test results are typically within 5-10 business days. However, clients requiring rush analysis should contact our client services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-767-6299 to discuss the necessary testing details, terms and pricing.
Foods that are frequently involved in staphylococcal food intoxication include:
Growing concerns about food authenticity and the increasing demands in the Halal markets are requiring that certifying agencies and food producers ensure the integrity of their brands. Detection of porcine materials in these foods is a key factor in verification of Halal.
Part of the requirements of the Gluten Free Certification Program is that organizations have a documented sampling and testing plan. Additionally, the plan must be validated by an accredited (ISO 17025) third-party Laboratory to ensure accurate results. Please contact usat 519-767-6299 or email@example.com to discuss how the Agriculture & Food Laboratory can assist you with your organization’s testing to comply with the requirements of the Gluten Free Certification Program.
Please follow the link to see one of our Scientists, Andrew Moore featured in the article "Bladder Stones Reflect Pet Health". http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2014/03/bladder-stones-reflect-pet-health/
Please follow the link to The Star website that features one of our Scientists, Andrew Moore, who assisted with the research project: http://www.thestar.com/life/2014/02/10/toronto_bees_are_using_plastic_to_build_nests_study.html
Currently, neonicotinoids, a relatively new class of insecticide, are in wide use globally. These more water soluble compounds are taken up by plants to provide protection from insects.
Please follow the link to read the most recent story posted on "At Guelph" regarding the Agriculture & Food Laboratory and our laboratory testing:http://atguelph.uoguelph.ca/2013/11/lab-puts-food-borne-bacteria-under-the-microscope/