As a customer, what do you do with your environmental results? Many of you have your own processes and quality procedures but are you using your results to effectively ensure your sanitation is working?
Have you ever seen or added liquid in your environmental sampling devices and questioned what is it, why is it there, or if all the liquid is the same? I know when I began in food manufacturing and took my first samples, these were questions that arose for me and how these factors were impacting the results. The simple answer is that this liquid is called neutralizing broth and there are multiple types that act differently to protect the sample taken.
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:
Being in the industry for more than 35 years – I’ve experienced significant changes in technology and testing; we are getting as close to instantaneous analysis as the bacteria will allow it. But I have always felt very strongly that a test can only be as good as the quality and integrity of the sample being analyzed. The devices we use to collect environmental samples have also evolved and changed.