Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist

Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist

Recent Posts

Fresh to Market: Innovation Ensuring Faster, Safer Produce to Shelves

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Aug 15, 2016 10:50:52 AM

Getting fresh produce to market while still ensuring quality and safety is often a paradox in the produce industry. The demand for more product with longer shelf life continues to rise as people try to eat healthier foods. However, public health data, recent recalls and outbreaks amidst increasing consumer awareness and changing regulatory requirements create a very challenging landscape for today’s growers, packers, retailers and other links throughout the supply chain. As a result, produce companies are turning to innovative solutions to help them meet the demands of producing and providing safe, quality products in a timely manner.

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Are You Still Proving the Negative with Your Environmental Listeria Program?

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Mar 9, 2016 9:47:44 AM

In light of recent events, food processors are starting to change how they view their environmental monitoring programs. Listeria recalls and outbreaks are occurring too often and now affecting a broader range of food products such as pet treats and caramel apples, which have not been linked with Listeria contamination in the past.  

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Pet food and FSMA - 3 Testing considerations to positively impact your pet food operations

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Sep 17, 2015 9:41:00 AM

The new FSMA rules for pet food have some operations and quality personnel rethinking their food safety program, including their preventive controls measures and pathogen testing methods. While some pet food manufacturers may not have to make extensive changes in order to comply with FSMA, all companies can benefit from a look at their food testing program to see if it is fitting their current needs. There are several unique challenges associated with pathogen testing of pet food, and these challenges can negatively impact companies through extended product hold times, costs associated with false results, and other negative effects on operations. After speaking with several pet food companies, we’ve found three key considerations when evaluating pathogen testing methods, regardless of whether they test in-house or send out to a 3rd party lab. Here’s what those factors are and why.

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Questions to ask when choosing a pathogen detection method

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Jun 17, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Picture1Today’s food manufacturing environment is more challenging than ever. The demand to produce higher quality food requires new strategies and solutions. One key component of an effective food safety plan is pathogen testing. However, not all tests are the same.

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Listeria monocytogenes: The Evolution of Testing Methods

Posted by Mandi Kim, Food Safety Specialist on Jun 30, 2014 9:00:00 AM

An increasing number of foods are being resourced from vast global origins, presenting the risk for food borne pathogens and threatening to undermine the quality and integrity of our food supply. As anyone on the frontlines of food production and testing can tell you, Listeria monocytogenes is a pervasive culprit that requires us to dig deep and find practical, innovative solutions that will “seek and destroy” this pathogen.

As the only pathogenic member of the genus Listeria, L. monocytogenes is commonly associated with the disease listeriosis and is the third leading cause of death among all food borne pathogens. While reduction of listeriosis incidence continues to be a challenge in the United States, advances in technology have led to the development of new food safety testing methods. Such technological advances provide the food safety industry with the tools needed to more rapidly and accurately assess risk and deliver safe and wholesome products.

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