Cinnaminson, NJ, August 29th, 2014
Microbiological testing for the presence of foodborne pathogens is a key component in a comprehensive food safety risk management program, when designed and applied correctly. Testing products alone cannot ensure lot safety, so it’s important to design an environmental monitoring plan tailored to your manufacturing operations. Setting up an environmental monitoring program is a proactive approach for organizations in order to find indicators and vulnerable areas for pathogens that may contaminate products. EMSL Analytical, Inc. can help analyze samples within your environmental monitoring program. If you do not have an environmental monitoring design in place, EMSL can refer you to a quality consultant.
While foodborne pathogens associated with animals and fecal contamination such as E.coli and Salmonella remain a constant concern for food manufacturing organizations, monitoring contaminants that come into food plants from the environment becomes an even bigger challenge. Ubiquitous organisms like Listeria have become a serious issue and requires a sophisticated plan to help identify harborage points within each monitoring zone to reduce the probability of having an outbreak. Contamination can happen at any moment. For example, a soiled pallet, contaminated drain and even employee footwear can all be vectors for bacterial contaminants.
An environmental monitoring program will have a custom design in place that will help test, assess, correct and control these contaminated areas. “Environmental monitoring programs are a critical piece of any QA program in a manufacturing or processing facility,” stated Deepa Thakar, National Food Technical Sales Manager at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “The key is to sample with purpose, strategy and diligence. An effective monitoring program should be focused and relevant to your operation. A careful analysis and interpretation of your data is also critical. EMSL can help you with this process. Designing and managing an environmental monitoring program may seem challenging at first, but the long-term benefits will save your plant from product contamination, foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls.”
To learn more about how EMSL can help with your environmental monitoring program, please visit www.FoodTestingLab.com or www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email info@EMSL.com.