Ready for a Midyear Check-In? Performing Due Diligence with your PT Participation

We started off the year discussing the importance of participating within a Proficiency Testing (PT) program if you are generating internal testing results within your facility. Without this valuable information, your company may be at risk due to not knowing with 100% accuracy that the results being generated are true.  In the world of food safety today, this should not be one of those toss a coin moments.  Simple but true – if you are generating your own results, MAKE SURE you are participating in a PT program!

5 Steps to Ensuring Accurate Proficiency Testing (PT) Results

Does your company perform internal testing on your products? Do you know if they are accurate – meaning, are you confident that they are correct?  Are all of your technician’s performing testing the same way?  Are they following written documented procedures or performing the techniques because “that is how they were trained?”  If you have answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, you should consider participating in a proficiency testing (PT) program.  Whether the program itself is new or old to you, these 5 steps can help ensure you achieve accurate testing results.

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.

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