How much Time Do You Spend Cooking?

Posted by Lauretta Johnson on May 17, 2016 12:50:50 PM

I recently attended the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association (GMA) Science Forum in Washington, DC. This was my fourth time attending and find it to be one of the most educational meetings. What makes this meeting unique is the commitment and open mindedness to new concepts, technologies, and strategies that will keep driving the industry forward through the next decades.

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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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Pathogen Technology Drives Higher Resolution In Food Safety Testing

Posted by Mary Duseau on Feb 18, 2016 12:59:01 PM

Originally published by Food Online, January 6, 2016

Higher resolution can Pluto.pngbring dramatic change in the discovery and understanding of the world around us. One great example is the recent pictures sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft. As Recently as five years ago. Pluto was a pixelated gray dot with definition. In 2006, NASA launched the New Horizons Spaceship knowing that the investment would not pay off for another decade. The recent pictures of Pluto have provided resolution of the atmosphere and landscape never thought possible.

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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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View from the Food Safety Industry: Element Materials Technology

Posted by Anantharama Rishi on Mar 4, 2015 10:51:00 AM

We recently had the opportunity to discuss food safety and insights on the industry with Keith Klemm, Operations Manager at Element Materials Technology. Keith offers a unique perspective on current industry trends, solutions, and the importance of new technology in the growth of his organization.

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Challenges of Growing a Sustainable Workforce in the Food Industry

Posted by Melinda Mack on Feb 9, 2015 12:37:02 PM

We are pleased to introduce our first guest blogger, Melinda Mack of the New York Association of Training & Employment Professionals (NYATEP). NYATEP is a resource and partner for businesses of all kinds based in New York and the surrounding area. Please read on to learn about some of the impactful work that NYATEP is doing specifically with the food industry in New York.

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Controlling Listeria in Fresh Produce: Views from a California Native

Posted by Monee Dulay on Jan 20, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Living in California, I am blessed by the abundance of fresh produce grown all around me. The varying climates and microclimates of California enable a diverse offering of fruits vegetables and nuts, from avocados and citrus in the South, to leafy greens and celery in the Salinas Valley, to almonds and pistachios in the San Joaquin Valley. My ideal location in San Diego enables me to network, engage, and understand both the common and varying needs of the industry as a Technical Sales Specialist with Roka Bioscience. In my discussions with local producers, the impact of the upcoming FSMA regulations and Listeria monocytogenes control procedures have been a chief topic across the board. In my research to support customers with industry information, I found this great resource by United Fresh Produce Association, Guidance on Environmental Monitoring and Control of Listeria for the Fresh Produce Industry.

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Roka Web Learning Series: Maximizing Contract Laboratory Productivity

Posted by Jim Dolan on Sep 30, 2014 11:25:00 AM

Using Automation to Enable Lean Workflow and Six Sigma in the Third-Party Laboratory 

As pathogen testing increases, third-party laboratories are looking for long-term business solutions that enable growth while maintaining the quality of result their customers expect. By applying the right automation, laboratories can incorporate lean work-flow methodologies which, in turn, increase productivity, efficiency, and quality. 

Check out this brief video, Introduction to Lean Six Sigma, describing what lean is and is not (first of a three-part series) by Maureen Harte, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. 


Click here to view the video

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Food Safety Technology: Why Applications Support is Critical for Successful Adoption of New Methods

Posted by Stacey Garcia, Ph.D. on Sep 11, 2014 10:04:00 AM

Recently a friend showed me his brand new car, complete with all the bells and whistles. As we tested out the heated seats and push button start, he explained that the dealership was offering free training sessions to learn how to utilize all of the car’s features. The concept of being trained on how to run a car was foreign to me. My friend has been driving for years; he certainly doesn’t need a training session to show him how to get to the bank. But after some thought, I realized that these training sessions help a new owner achieve two fundamental goals: (1) to adapt to the change associated with driving a new car and (2) to understand how to use the features of the product to enjoy the most benefit.

In fact, this training and applications support model is well established in other industries that utilize increasingly advanced technology. It seems as though every mall in America has an Apple store, complete with experts waiting to help you best utilize your new laptop, iPad, or iPhone. Food safety is another industry that can benefit from well-developed training and applications support, as it increasingly adopts more advanced technology.

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