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Explore this issueJune/July 2012
When a crisis emerges in our food supply—whether it is a foodborne illness outbreak, a recall due to the presence of an allergen, or identification of unwanted contaminants in imports/exports—consumers become concerned, and food producers and regulators are forced to respond quickly.
A typical response to a food safety crisis entails an uptick in product safety testing. Regulators, food producers, and technology companies all bear the responsibility of ensuring that the food safety test methods developed to identify potential contaminants are reliable, accurate, and robust.