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.

CEO Corner – An Introduction to Cherney's new COO

As stated earlier in the year - we’ve given Founder & CEO Debra Cherney the opportunity to share thoughts on any topic of her choice.  While many of them will be related to food safety, the one below is of excitement so please, read on!  


To our Cherney community consisting of customers, colleagues, and industry friends.  It is my extreme pleasure to share with you the announcement of Cherney’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve Kuchenberg, who officially starts with our organization on Monday, September 25th.  Steve's extensive experience within our industry brings a new level of competence and technical expertise to our organization and while I’m personally very excited for him to lead our organization into the future, our team at Cherney will soon see how his passion for doing the right thing for those around him will quickly pass onto you our valued customers.  Steve and I are in lockstep agreement about what actions will be taken to achieve our strategic vision for Cherney.  A very exciting time is ahead, welcome Steve! - Debra Cherney

Are You Being Trained or Mentored... Part 1....

In working as chemist for the  past 20 years, I have been both the trainer and the trainee.  These experiences range across  various laboratory settings, from three laboratory employees to hundreds. Each laboratory defines training differently; a well-established process by which someone is taught the skills that are necessary for a profession or a job.  It also has well-defined learning objectives and formality.   

In modern day training, there is a strong focus on the trainer being a subject matter expert.  The trainer has extensive experience or knowledge in the subject that is being delivered.    It is expected that the participants in the training learn from the trainer.   It is a  formal process in which  guidelines must be followed objectives accomplished, and skills verified.