Our focus on food safety
Roka Bioscience is dedicated to delivering the most advanced testing solutions to the food safety industry. We understand the challenges facing manufacturers. Food pathogen outbreaks have had significant negative economic impact, affecting not just the product that must be recalled from the shelves, but also the entire brand. Consumer awareness—and concern—are at all-time high levels. The need for advanced, cost-effective, efficient pathogen detection systems has never been more imminent.
Roka is here to partner with food manufacturers and help them reach the next level of food safety testing. Our proven molecular testing technology delivers accurate, rapid results utilizing the Atlas® System, enabling greater laboratory efficiencies than ever before.
Our current menu of assays includes tests for:
A changing legal landscape
In January 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law. This ground-breaking piece of legislation gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the authority to prevent outbreaks rather than just responding to them. The law requires food facilities to implement and monitor effective measures to prevent contamination, conduct regular hazard analyses, and assess potential safety risks. Under these guidelines, the FDA has mandatory recall authority for all food products.
Food safety facts
- Foodborne diseases are a significant public health concern.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), every year in the United States 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from foodborne illnesses.1
- The CDC recognizes 31 pathogens known to cause foodborne illness.1
- Both Listeria and Salmonella are among the top 5 pathogens contributing to foodborne deaths.1
Click here to learn about the Atlas System that offers unparalleled automation, ease of use, and efficiency for food pathogen testing.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC Estimates of Foodborne Illness in the United States. http://www.cdc.gov/foodborneburden/2011-foodborne-estimates.html.