There are several reasons why food, pet food, feed, and dietary supplement manufacturers should be monitoring their environmental control programs. The primary reason is to find pathogens in the environment before they contaminate products. A secondary goal is to find spoilage microorganisms in the environment before they affect products. Another rationale is to assess effectiveness of cleaning, sanitation, and employee hygiene practices. Lastly, allergen control programs may also require periodic environmental monitoring.
How do you achieve pathogen (Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes) control in a processing environment? There is increasing recognition that Salmonella has the potential to be a persistent environmental contaminant within dry processing environments. Additionally, strong historical evidence shows that Listeria monocytogenes is a frequent inhabitant of wet processing environments. To help companies improve their environmental control programs, Eurofins Scientific Inc. proudly offers an Environmental Monitoring Workshop on November 8th at the Hyatt O'Hare in Chicago.
Please join Dr. Douglas Marshall and our expert panelists as they detail ways to mitigate risk through improving environmental monitoring systems.