Food Safety Magazine

Environmental Monitoring

How Much Sanitation Is Enough for Environmental Hygiene?
How Much Sanitation Is Enough for Environmental Hygiene?

Sanitation and cleaning of a food processing facility should be a documented program, following a validated, step-by-step process, utilizing specified chemicals and tools.

Airborne Contamination: A Microbiologist’s Perspective
Airborne Contamination: A Microbiologist’s Perspective

The role of airborne contamination of processed foods is controversial and fraught with contradictory opinions.

Food Plant SOPs: The Backbone of Your Food Safety System
Food Plant SOPs:  The Backbone of Your  Food Safety System

SOPs and SSOPs must be integral and foundational parts of all food manufacturing facilities’ food safety program.

The Burden of Listeriosis
The Burden of Listeriosis

Prevention and control measures should be considered for Listeria spp., not just L. monocytogenes, and at every aspect of the farm-to-fork continuum
 

Fine-Tuning Your Environmental Monitoring Program
Fine-Tuning Your Environmental Monitoring Program

The importance of a sound environmental monitoring program cannot be overstated.


Give Food Plant Sanitarians Their Props
Give Food Plant Sanitarians Their Props

How do we make sure that we have put sanitation in a position to be the most important department in the plant?
 

Verification of Effective Sanitation Control Strategies
Verification of Effective Sanitation Control Strategies

Although the cleaning and sanitizing of a food production operation go hand in hand, the verification of the effectiveness of the latter step has received increasing attention recently.

RCS Air Samplers Deliver Effective Microbial Monitoring of Ambient Air
RCS Air Samplers Deliver Effective Microbial Monitoring of Ambient Air

Proactive routine air sampling will detect viable airborne particles and establish typical microbial reference data.

The True Value of ATP Data
The True Value of ATP Data

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) detection has become the industry standard for “measuring” or monitoring these sanitation programs.

The “Crystal Ball” of Food Sanitation: Is There Really One Out There?
The “Crystal Ball” of Food Sanitation: Is There Really One Out There?

Food sanitation is a team effort between your facility and skilled sanitation providers.
 

RFID Technology Makes Sanitation Monitoring Easier and Quicker
RFID Technology Makes Sanitation Monitoring Easier and Quicker

The latest technological advancements in sanitation monitoring have greatly simplified ATP test data plan creation, and test data collection and interpretation.

The Listeria Control Game Plan: Where Are We Now?
The <i>Listeria</i> Control Game Plan: Where Are We Now?

The food industry understands that Listeria is constantly moving around and being reintroduced into the environment.

Perspectives on Practices in Food Plant Sanitation and Hygiene
Perspectives on Practices in Food Plant Sanitation and Hygiene

Joseph M. Stout is interviewed to provide an industry perspective on the general sanitation principles and practices at work in today’s food manufacturing operations.

Rapid Cleaning Validation Tests
Rapid Cleaning Validation Tests

Microbiological analyses do not detect organic residue resulting from ineffective cleaning, so validation is needed.

Developing an Integrated Sanitation Program Using Innovative Techniques
Developing an Integrated Sanitation Program Using Innovative Techniques

When a food company begins to develop an integrated sanitation program to better ensure the quality and safety of its products, teamwork is essential to the program’s success.

Environmental Monitoring for Listeria: Getting Started
Environmental Monitoring for <i>Listeria:</i> <br>Getting Started

Tips for monitoring Listeria in food plants include acknowledging that Listeria is a pervasive microorganism that finds harborage in unlikely places.

Making ATP Monitoring Affordable Pays Dividends
Making ATP Monitoring Affordable Pays Dividends

ATP monitoring has changed food safety program operations, delivering real-time sanitation data and enabling cleaning teams to make informed decisions about the cleanliness of equipment.

Identifying and Controlling Microbiological Cross-Contamination
Identifying and Controlling Microbiological Cross-Contamination

Microbiological cross-contamination has been a contributing factor to several well-documented outbreaks of foodborne illness.

Green Housekeeping: Strategies and Sanitation Tools
Green Housekeeping: Strategies and Sanitation Tools

Conservatively, going green can save the food industry upwards of $15 million annually.


Seek & Destroy: Identifying and Controlling Listeria monocytogenes Growth Niches
Seek & Destroy: Identifying and Controlling Listeria monocytogenes Growth Niches

This article is focused on a method that Land O'Frost has been using to manage processing plant environments to eliminate the root cause of product contamination by Listeria monocytogenes.

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