The Trend to Outsource Pathogen Testing Continues
According to Bob Ferguson, pathogen testing is moving more and more to outside testing laboratories due to regulatory pressures and a stronger focus on food safety. While the total volume of microbiology testing is growing at 5-6%/y, the contract lab volume is increasing at 10-12%/y. One interesting observation of the survey was that seasoned lab directors had a higher tendency to keep the testing in-house. @ https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/december-2017january-2018/outsourcing-pathogen-testing-under-the-microscope/?mobileFormat=false
Outsourcing: Pathogen Testing under the Microscope
The way processors view their responsibilities regarding microbiological testing is changing. Regulatory pressure and a focus on food safety are causing changes in where processors do their testing.