The CERTUS Detection Unit

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Hello Food Safety & Quality Manager, you appreciate that under FSMA (the Food Safety Modernization Act), you are the responsible party creating and implementing the preventive controls and food safety plans for your facility.  You are to be commended!  We would be pleased to be part of your Team.  So, let’s review some facts and some risks; as you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48,000,00 (1 in 6) people in the United States will experience a food borne illness. Of those, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year.  

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How should we best address this issue, and participate in the reduction and elimination of foodborne illness risks?  We would suggest that it involves the process of Risk Analysis.  Risk Analysis is defined as three distinct functions; Risk Assessment, Risk Mitigation and Risk Communication.  Certus is the best solution to help you with all 3 functions, by first assessing the risk of Listeria in your food plant.  Our expert team of technical experts will help you establish the remediation protocols that verify that you are in control.  Your communication will then be facilitated and you can broadcast results to the appropriate parties within your company and provide a corrective action framework that shows compliance.

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Certus employs:  state-of-the art, novel, safe, cost effective technology to help you achieve your compliance goals.  We understand your need to monitor your production environment for pathogenic organisms.

In fact, the FDA is currently proposing to require environmental testing when:

  • A ready-to-eat food product is exposed to the environment before it is packaged; and
  • The packaged food does not receive a treatment that would significantly minimize an environmental pathogen that could contaminate the food.

In all other circumstances, FDA is proposing to require environmental monitoring only “as appropriate to the facility, the food, and the nature of the preventive control.”

Environmental testing typically entails taking microbiological samples of food contact surfaces or nearby areas to test for the presence of a pathogen or indicator organism. For ready to eat foods processed under wet conditions or environments, the organism of concern is generally Listeria monocytogenes.

Resources

We’ll not only keep you up to speed with latest developments in informative messaging, but also provide you with useful FSMA preparedness, for example:

http://www.sqfi.com/suppliers/fsma-resource-page/

http://www.sqfi.com/wp-content/uploads/FSMA-FAQs-for-website-.pdf

CERTUS and Risk Management

CERTUS is uniquely positioned as your food safety partner to help educate and work with you to mitigate these risks.

So much so, we developed a proprietary biocontainment system to achieve safe handling and disposition of samples.

Furthermore, we know that food safety is a global issue, and many Food Safety Authorities (Canada, Europe, Australia) are striving for the similar standards, in fact Australia and the US just announced that their systems and regulations are compatible, streamlining the compliance portion of trade agreements.

Assessment

The CERTUS System makes risk assessment a simple process with a safe, in-house solution for environmental monitoring.

Mitigation

With the CERTUS Grow, Read, Detect process, simultaneous growth and detection delivers fast, accurate results allowing for prompt remediation. Our expert team of technical experts help establish remediation protocols.

Communication

The CERTUS Control Pad sends instant alerts and notifications, and logs all testing activity for traceability compliance.