3 Common Misconceptions About Being a Food Laboratory Technician

This month Cherney features Kea Schmuhl, one of our dedicated Sample Preparations Technicians who looks to clear up some of the misconceptions about working in a testing laboratory.  Thank you to Kea for her insight and unique perspective!

When people ask me what I do for a living and I say, “I’m a Sample Preparation Technician,” or work in a “Food Safety Testing Laboratory” they often make generalized assumptions. These thoughts tend to be based on the stereotypes they have seen on TV or read in a book portraying laboratory technicians.  However, quite a few of these assumptions are not the case when describing my role as a Sample Preparation Technician at Cherney.

The Importance of Auditing the Internal Laboratory

In the past few years, we have seen an increase in customers asking for an onsite audit of their internal labs. These requests may occur when new tests are brought online or in-house, when there are questionable results or as a routine activity in the company’s food safety program.  Not surprisingly, members of our technical team love doing these audits!  We get to share our lab experience, technical microbiology knowledge and best practices to help our customers improve the quality of testing they perform. We always learn after an audit, seeing different operations and processes from the customer perspective.

The Portal is Coming!  Our 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank our Customers for their business and thank our team for their efforts supporting our Strategic Initiatives.  We expect to continue to strengthen performance with our most important initiative, Service to Our Customers.  Our goal is to be second to none in this area.  We strive every day to provide quality, reliability and timely results.