Staying Ahead of the Game through Continuous Improvement

Change. 

One of the few constants in the world. 

It has never been more evident than now in Food Safety.  With the implementation of FSMA requirements comes new challenges; and the need to manage change becomes even more critical.  How are you managing this demand?

Keeping Our Children's Lunches Safe

It’s back to school season and my family is excited to share with our daughter the start of Kindergarten. This is also the perfect time to highlight something that many children take for granted – Lunch Box and Lunchtime Food Safety!

Working in the food industry makes childcare even more challenging. We are more aware of the numerous recalls and hidden microbial challenges that surround us.  The “hot” or even “stinky” lunchbox that returns home after an 8 hour day at school screams to be cleaned!   Recently – the USDA and FoodSafety.gov have highlighted some quick reminders to ensure our kids are eating safe lunches and help PARENTS feel more comfortable.

The "411" on the NEW Nutrition Facts Label

While members of our Cherney team attended the IAFP (International Association for Food Protection) conference in St. Louis last week, one of the most common questions that we answered was regarding the update to the FDA’s requirements for the new Nutrition Facts Label.  These changes – made final on May 27th, 2016 - will require that manufacturers with more than $10M in annual food sales are compliant and utilize the new label by July 26, 2018. Smaller manufacturers with less than $10M in sales have an additional year to comply.

Being a hot topic right now – here’s a quick 411 to help you get ready!


Meet us in St. Louis...IAFP 2016 is here!


Each year - we anxiously await the end of the school year so that summer fun can officially begin.  Sadly, in the midst of family vacations, camping excursions and garden harvesting, we realize that it is quickly flying by and fall is just around the corner.
 
With the end of July upon us, our Cherney team is headed to the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) conference in St. Louis, MO.  A standard stop in our trade show itinerary, this conference is like coming home!  We rekindle friendships, grow current relationships, meet new partners and take in four days of food safety-focused seminars and meetings.  Attending the conference supports our commitment to stay current in industry knowledge and trends and keeps us at the forefront of new developments in lab testing and food safety.

How to Build and Maintain Customer Relationships

Customer service, like everything else, has had to change and adapt to the fast pace of today’s world. It seems as if the days of personal service have gone by the wayside. In most businesses, we interact with the Customer Service department more than any other group. As a Customer Service Specialist (as they are at Cherney), the experience you create for your customers can play a key role in their decision to do business with you.  Here are a few items we at Cherney feel are important to building and maintaining customer relationships:

3 Tools Every Food Lab Should be Using

The terms “tools” and “toolbox” have become common terminology in the workplace – regardless of industry.  They refer to the collection of techniques and strategies used to aid in operation of a process or business.  Below are three tools that every food laboratory should have in their toolbox and use on a regular basis.
1. Proficiency Testing
2. Data Analysis/Trending
3. Metrics & Visual Management

An Alliance for Us All!

I’d like to share a bit more insight into a cause, a passion actually that is near and dear to my heart.  Not only does it fit what and who we stand for a company, it represents my passion for food safety as an individual. 

"All Aboard!" - Jump on the Cherney College Train Today!

At Cherney College, we’re catching our breath after a busy few months of training activities! We launched our 2016 training courses in a BIG way, holding five courses in five weeks. Three of the courses were brand new for this year, including Plate Interpretation, Food Safety for Suppliers and FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course, which certifies Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals for FSMA. These courses were a lot of fun, and here’s a sample of what attendees are saying about our 2016 courses.

Yumm - can you can taste the cheese? Visit Cherney at these upcoming events!


In less than a week - four members of our Cherney team will be exhibiting in Milwaukee as part of the International Cheese Technology Expo (ICTE)!  If you haven't experienced this memorable 2-day conference filled with industry experts and designed to stimulate your minds and your stomach you are missing out!  Stop by and visit us at booth #645 and participate in a chance to win:

Only 'micro' is in our name - BUT Cherney is so much more!

When you hear Cherney - what is the 1st thing you think of....what do you know us by:
Cherney Micro
Cherney Microbiological
Cherney Microbiological Services, Ltd. or simply...
Cherney



For our June Blog – we’ve taken a step back and highlighted some of the testing capabilities that our customers may not associate with Cherney or even know that we perform in part because yes - Chemistry is not in our name.