RECALL. One of the scariest, if not the scariest words that can be uttered by a manufacturing facility. Everyone knows how much it can cost, anything from lost product to lost careers and even companies. We often find that companies do not invest the time and focus on their Environmental Monitoring Program until it is already too late and they are now in the process of withdrawing product from the market. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Are you spending enough time as a company reviewing sites, trends, and tracking?
- Are you sampling at the right frequency and locations to challenge and verify your sanitation program?
- Are you utilizing the right sampling tools, test methods, and do you know how to interpret those results?
- When you do have out of spec results, is your team able to use mapping, vector swabbing, data analysis, and other corrective action techniques to locate the source?
If you answered NO to any of the above questions, then I challenge you to re-evaluate your program. It is now as important as ever to be able to provide evidence to regulatory bodies such as the FDA or USDA proving control of your facility. They want you to demonstrate that your company is making informed and educated decisions based on your environmental data findings.
If you feel like there are gaps in your program, unsure if it is strong enough, or just completely lost, then feel free to reach out to any team member at Cherney Microbiological Services and we can get you back on track towards a robust environmental monitoring plan. It's as easy as emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our experts are able to train your team, provide guidance with respect to your environmental program, or anything else you might need assistance with. Cherney is truly a customer first company that will support you from start to finish. Even if you believe your environmental monitoring program is solid, Cherney offers another set of eyes for a verification activity. The last thing we would ever want to hear is that one of our clients is now going through a recall due to ineffective, lacking, or a non-existing environmental plan.