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Environmental Monitoring

Post-Sanitation Microbiology Sampling
Post-Sanitation Microbiology Sampling

The MegaSampler, a sponge on a stiff plastic rod, does an excellent job of sampling both large and small surfaces in the food production facility with minimal effort.

 

Collecting and Interpreting Multi-site ATP Testing Data
Collecting and Interpreting  Multi-site ATP Testing Data

Sanitation verification systems using ATP are standard methods for evaluating and monitoring sanitation efficacy at food production and foodservice organizations.

Listeria: An Important Focus of Environmental Monitoring
<i>Listeria</i>: An Important Focus of Environmental Monitoring

The number of reported incidents and recalls related to Listeria and L. monocytogenes has been increasing, and processors are making efforts to rid their facilities of harborage organisms and sites.

Control of Listeria monocytogenes on Food-Contact and Noncontact Surfaces by Antimicrobial Coatings
Control of <i>Listeria monocytogenes</i> on  Food-Contact and Noncontact Surfaces by  Antimicrobial Coatings

In the course of foodborne listeriosis outbreak investigations, a breakdown in plant sanitation is frequently cited as the root cause.

Verification of Effective Sanitation Using A3® ATP Technology
Verification of Effective Sanitation Using A3® ATP Technology

New 3A® ATP Technology offers better verification of effective sanitation and is an improvement over conventional tests.

Hygienic Material Handling and Cleaning Tools for Critical Environments
Hygienic Material Handling and Cleaning Tools for Critical Environments

The most efficient way to ensure a sanitary processing facility is the implementation of a detailed color-coding system.

Save Time, Gain Efficiencies with Automated ATP Test Tracking
Save Time, Gain Efficiencies with Automated ATP Test Tracking

Reduce time and increase efficiency with automated ATP test tracking to make regulatory compliance and audit preparation easier.

Allergen Detection Requires a Multipronged Approach
Allergen Detection Requires a Multipronged Approach

Food processors have been struggling to be able to identify and eliminate the allergens that cause allergic reactions in susceptible consumers.

Environmental Listeria Monitoring: Seek and Destroy Pathogens
Environmental <i>Listeria</i> Monitoring: Seek and Destroy Pathogens

Whether you are just setting up your environmental Listeria monitoring program or reassessing your existing program, there are basic elements that you will want to include.

A Closer Look at Environmental Monitoring in the Processing Plant
A Closer Look at Environmental Monitoring in the Processing Plant

Survey results are presented from more than 100 food processors on their preparations for compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Environmental Monitoring in the Era of Whole-Genome Sequencing
Environmental Monitoring in the Era of <br> Whole-Genome Sequencing

In reviewing environmental monitoring programs for food manufacturing facilities, a common weakness is the investigation into the root cause of the positive test result.

Five Sanitation Tips for Getting Sanitation Right in 2016
Five Sanitation Tips for Getting Sanitation Right in 2016

Effective sanitation processes will benefit your operation in numerous ways. To start off 2016 strong, here are five essential tips to keep in mind.

Biofilm and Pathogen Mitigation: A Real Culture Change
Biofilm and Pathogen Mitigation:  A Real Culture Change

One solution to solve biofilm contamination in food processing plants is to inoculate the production environment with probiotic microorganisms proven to be inhibitory to pathogens.

From Sanitation to the Environment and Beyond: Your Free Guides to Foodservice Packaging
From Sanitation to the Environment and Beyond: Your Free Guides to Foodservice Packaging

The Foodservice Packaging Institute has developed free resources for best practices in foodservice packaging on a variety of topics. Take a look at these easy-to-read guides today.

FSM Scoop: Pet Food Safety
FSM Scoop: Pet Food Safety

Since the Great Pet Food Recalls of 2007, pet food manufacturers have been under scrutiny. How has the industry fared in the last 9 years? 

Principles of Environmental Pathogen Control
Principles of Environmental Pathogen Control

When first confronted with a pathogen problem in a facility, it is hard to pinpoint an exact root cause from so many potential sources.

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
 

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