Summer = sunshine +hot weather + “hopeful” vacations! While this is a likely equation, our teams at Cherney have been noticing some reoccurring issues with incoming samples in the past few weeks. While we have worked with customers directly, it also gives us the opportunity for a very relevant blog topic. The information shared below is CRITICALLY IMPORANT to ensuring that the samples being submitted to the laboratory arrive in the best possible condition. This allows for two things: 1) superior sample integrity and 2) the generation of accurate test results.
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.
With the holidays upon us, we tend to get into the spirit of giving! Holiday shopping, baking treats to share with family and friends, and generally, presents galore! This year, as in years past, the "Cherney Micro Family" has chosen a family within our community to assist this holiday season through the Salvation Army. Our Training Room is beginning to fill with amazing generosity for this family and it is our pleasure to give them a celebration they will not soon forget!
An annual stop on Cherney's yearly trade show visits is the IAFP Annual Meeting. Traveling to various cities throughout the Untied States, it provides us with a unique opportunity to experience local favorites and meet with both current and potential customers, vendors and old friends! This is one of our favorite shows as it's full of our favorite topics: pathogenic organisms, rapid methods, industry trends and what's new in the world of food safety. Attending this year are Debra Cherney, Stewart Larsen and Mandy Robinson - come meet them at our booth #657!
I am frequently asked why I think basic education, continuing education and technical training is important and how it benefits both company and employee. It’s the continuous improvement ‘bones’ in me that makes me not only want to improve myself, but improve others around me. I think that’s done through knowledge and learning and that’s why I feel so strongly about education and training. At Cherney, we’ve always been a group of geeky learners (note the picture of "Sid the Science Kid" from PBS who I watch with my 2.5 year old granddaughter). We all just can’t seem to get enough!