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Cherney Blog: Inside The Petridish

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Never Forfeit What Makes You Human

Posted by Matthew Fenske on Mar 14, 2018 11:40:00 AM

Growing up watching movies like Bicentennial Man I thought for sure by now (2018) we would each have a robot that would do our work for us.  They would earn an income so we could kick back and relax (Right?)  Are we there yet…no – so I’m forced to ask myself why?  The main reason I always come back to is with the human element missing, robots cannot learn and question what they are programmed to do. The capacity to question and improve is very unique in humans and what often sets us apart, not only from robots but, other animals as well.

With an emphasis on food safety through acts such as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), product and environmental testing as well as analytical testing for nutritional labeling has stolen the spotlight in the past few years. Likely, this testing is being performed internally or collected and sent to be tested with a contract lab. In either scenario, how often do you question this day to day task?

I am often asked “why are you doing it like that” or “is that the right method?”  While questions sometimes lead to frustrations as they take away from our daily responsibilities, it is important to remember that many of the world’s greatest innovations (and innovators) started with one simple question…WHY!

Equally important as to asking the question related to daily processes is to ask questions related to the source of your information.  Sources can be widely found to gain knowledge and answer questions (ie: internet, reference documents, whitepapers, and webinars). While these may all be accessible, sometimes the easiest source is not the best and we need to look further and harder than we would have thought to find the correct answer. 

To maintain the human element and be able to ask questions in real time, a great option is attending training or educational courses. Not only are you able to acquire information but you also can interact and learn from others in your industry, therefore, gaining invaluable resources. Since 2014 – Cherney’s strong focus of sharing our knowledge with the industry through Cherney College has continued to evolve.  Each year, our class offerings grow due to their popularity, attendee feedback, and simple referral advertising.  There is no stronger complement in this industry than being known as an “expert” in a field.  While we are experts within the field of food safety – we are also experts at sharing our knowledge through training & education.   With a full course schedule yet this year – your options are endless.

2018 Class Schedule
COMPLETED FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food: March 7-8, 2018
COMPLETED  Environmental Monitoring and Sanitation: March 14-15, 2018
 FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food: May 16-18, 2018
Introduction to Food Microbiology-The Basics: June 6-7, 2018
FSPCA Preventive Controls for Animal Food: June 27-28, 2018
Chemistry in the Food Lab: July 18-19, 2018
Quality Assurance in the Food Lab: August 22-23, 2018
Introduction to Food Microbiology-The Basics: September 19-20, 2018
Advanced Food Microbiology: October 2-3, 2018
Environmental Monitoring and Sanitation: October 17-18, 2018
Controlling Hazards: November 1-2, 2018
Clovis, NM Courses (Food Microbiology, Environmental Monitoring, and Quality Assurance):
November 13-15, 2018

Course Registrations          Clovis Course Registration          FSPCA Course Registration

No matter which source you like to use, continue to ask questions and learn. It is one of the best things about hiring a human instead of a robot!

Topics: Cherney College, External Training, Company Culture, continuous improvement