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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FMEA: an efficient path for Pathogen testing

Posted by Bindu Sundaresan, Ph.D on Jan 14, 2015 4:18:00 PM

Pathogen testing methods are used to monitor the effectiveness of HACCP plans and need to provide high quality results to ensure safety of the food supply. To ensure that the best pathogen detection system is used at a given facility, it is important to gain an understanding of potential errors associated with a method so that false results can be minimized. For this purpose, a Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA) can be used to identify and quantify risk for a number of pathogen detection methods. 

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Food Pathogen Detection and more: Our Top 5 Blogs of 2014

Posted by Jim Dolan on Jan 5, 2015 3:37:00 PM

Take a look back at some of our top blog posts from 2014 related to food pathogen detection and more.


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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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