Cherney Blog: Inside The Petridish

Your blog resource for education, experience, and a good read!

Cherney Blog: Inside The Petridish

Your blog resource for education, experience, and a good read!

Cherney Microbiological Services, LTD Expands to Baraboo!

Cherney purchases Foremost Farms Office building!
 
 
BARABOO, Wis. (April 16, 2021) – Cherney Microbiological Services, headquartered in Green Bay, WI announced today that they have purchased the Foremost Farms Headquarters building.   There is a long-term partnership between the two organizations with Cherney providing high quality services to Foremost Farms for over a decade. This purchase will enable Cherney’s expansion and continued growth by taking over operations of the milk testing and microbiology laboratory located within the building. Foremost Farms will remain a tenant in the building, which they have occupied for 26 years.

A Tip Before You Ship: Environmental Testing!

Environmental Testing
Be in the know, before it goes!
 
It is important while crafting your Environmental Monitoring Program to consider getting a good representative picture of your production environment. In this blog we’ll be covering areas to target and proper swabs to help you along the way as well as tips for shipping/submitting swabs to your lab.
 
Your environmental monitoring program shouldn’t only consist of the “easy” areas, they should be monitoring the nooks and crannies, the tough spots to clean because that’s where the bacteria like to hang out. Your environmental program’s goal shouldn’t be to swab areas that won’t have positives, but should rather focus on a “seek out and destroy” technique.

A Tip Before You Ship: Product Testing!

Product Testing
What you need to know, before it goes!
 
There are many things to consider when you are preparing samples to be sent out to your lab, you’re probably planning out when you’ll send your samples, considering lab test turnaround times, and when you can release and ship your product because time is money, right?! But even before all of that, first and foremost you must consider getting a representative sample to send out to the lab. This largely applies to product sampling but a representative sample is also applicable and important during environmental swabbing too. This blog will be centered on product sampling, representative portions and proper sample collection. Check back in for the next installment, regarding environmental swabbing and environmental swab submission to your lab.

What IS that? - It's a Biofilm!

Ew, what’s that sticky, slimy residue?
 

Biofilms are a major factor in pathogen persistence within a food production environment. Biofilms can cause bacterial contamination of food and secondary contamination of food contact surfaces. Common microorganisms that form biofilms, (Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Escherichia coli, Listeria, Salmonella, etc) all pose serious food safety risks if they are present in your food processing environment. 

Let's Talk About It: E.coli & Staph

It's time for our final subject in our series "Let's Talk About It"

(aaawwwwwwwwwww!) 
 
I know, I know...
 

It’s sad to reach the end of the series, but don’t worry... there are more informative and educational blogs on the way! Today’s topics are bacterial organisms that you are probably fairly familiar with but before we get into the specific organisms, let’s talk a little bit about toxins.

Let's Talk About It: Coliform & Enterobacteriaceae!

Did you hear about the famous microbiologist who visited 30 different countries and spoke 6 languages?

He was a man of many cultures!
 
And speaking of many cultures, let’s talk about the wide world of indicator organisms!
 
 
An indicator organism is a certain bacteria or group of bacteria that are not necessarily harmful themselves but can indicate that the conditions are prime for a harmful pathogen to be present. Indicator organism(s) can be a broad group of bacteria (E.g. Enterobacteriaceae) or it could be a specific species of bacteria (E.g. Staphylococcus epidermidis) depending on what pathogen you’re concerned with. Testing for indicator organisms can also be used to assess efficacy of cleaning and sanitation programs within your plant or during troubleshooting product issues to quantify spoilage organisms present.

Let's Talk About It: Salmonella!

What happens when you put nutella on Salmon?
 
You get Salmonella!
 
...but seriously, lets talk about Salmonella!
 

CEO Corner – An Introduction to Cherney's new COO

As stated earlier in the year - we’ve given Founder & CEO Debra Cherney the opportunity to share thoughts on any topic of her choice.  While many of them will be related to food safety, the one below is of excitement so please, read on!  


To our Cherney community consisting of customers, colleagues, and industry friends.  It is my extreme pleasure to share with you the announcement of Cherney’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve Kuchenberg, who officially starts with our organization on Monday, September 25th.  Steve's extensive experience within our industry brings a new level of competence and technical expertise to our organization and while I’m personally very excited for him to lead our organization into the future, our team at Cherney will soon see how his passion for doing the right thing for those around him will quickly pass onto you our valued customers.  Steve and I are in lockstep agreement about what actions will be taken to achieve our strategic vision for Cherney.  A very exciting time is ahead, welcome Steve! - Debra Cherney

5 Key Traits that make YOU a Great Fit for a Career in Food Safety

One of the many KEY responsibilities when working in Food Safety is to provide an accurate result.  This ensures that our customers’ products going out to the public are safe from bacteria and pathogens; organisms that could cause contamination, launch a recall and ultimately be detrimental to the customer and consumer.  

The Portal is Coming!  Our 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank our Customers for their business and thank our team for their efforts supporting our Strategic Initiatives.  We expect to continue to strengthen performance with our most important initiative, Service to Our Customers.  Our goal is to be second to none in this area.  We strive every day to provide quality, reliability and timely results.