Great Plains Analytical Laboratory Environmental Monitoring food manufacturing
March 8, 2018

Environmental Monitoring of Food Manufacturing

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirement for environmental monitoring of microbiological risks is mentioned in CFR 21 section 117.165 “Current Good Manufacturing Practice, hazard analysis, and risk based preventative controls for human...

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February 22, 2018

Nutritional Labeling – Final Rule For Chain Restaurant Menus

To implement the nutritional labeling provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Affordable Care Act or ACA), the Food and Drug Administration FDA is requiring (effective May 7, 2018), disclosure of certain nutrition information...

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GPAL Microbiology Lab food allergen testing
February 8, 2018

The Microbiology Lab at Great Plains Analytical Proudly Announces STEC Testing

Our microbiology lab has recently validated a new testing procedure for the detection of the “Big Six” serotypes aka. "Shiga toxin-producing" E. coli (STEC). Food manufacturers, distributors and retailers understand the importance of effective microbiology...

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January 25, 2018

Allergen Testing – Food Allergens and Labeling – GPAL

Allergen testing is a critical component of a Food Safety Management System for food manufacturers that utilize known allergens as ingredients.  The eight major US food allergens are eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, fish and crustacean...

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January 11, 2018

HPLC Lab Capabilities at Great Plains Analytical Laboratory

HPLC Lab Capabilities at Great Plains Analytical Laboratory HPLC Definition: High-performance liquid chromatography, (HPLC) is an instrumental technique in analytical chemistry used to separate, identify, and quantify each component (target analyte)...

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December 28, 2017

Environmental Monitoring and Testing in the GPAL Microbiology Lab

Environmental monitoring is a basic tool for measuring the efficacy of the food safety management system.  Your environmental monitoring program helps pinpoint emerging failures in the sanitation program as well as generating data to perform trend...

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Kansas Microbiology Lab GPAL
December 15, 2017

Kansas Microbiology Lab – GPAL

A leading Kansas microbiology lab, Great Plains Analytical Laboratory, Inc. (GPAL), functions at a high level of precision and accuracy in analytical services to food and feed manufacturers for food safety purposes. Microorganisms occur everywhere, but...

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November 24, 2017

Nutritional Labeling: Compliance Dates Extended (Part 2)

Nutritional labeling of manufactured food products will be undergoing some significant changes effective next year. In September, in response to companies and trade association's concerns about their ability to update all products by the original compliance...

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November 10, 2017

Nutritional Labeling: Changing and Improving (Part 1)

Nutritional labeling has undergone many changes since it's inception in 1862 by President Lincoln with the creation of the Department of Agriculture and the Bureau of Chemistry, which was the predecessor of today's Food and Drug Administration. From the...

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October 27, 2017

Accelerated Shelf-Life Studies: Getting Your Shelf-Life Answer Faster

The shelf-life of a food product is often defined as the length of time a product is acceptable for consumption when stored at the prescribed conditions. The definition of “acceptable” may, and will, change depending upon the product being examined....

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