Food safety: How to start environmental monitoring in restaurants and food service venues

Looking for how to get started with your environmental monitoring program in a restaurant or other food service venue?

The first step can be a risk assessment to guide you to the areas of highest risk at your site. Neogen has developed a guide on which test method is right for you or your supplier […]

Neogen introduces new handbook for environmental Listeria control

In consultation with industry experts, Neogen has published a new handbook — The Process Control for Listeria Handbook — to help facilities fortify their environmental monitoring programs.

The handbook reviews essential terms and concepts, a recent draft guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and the seek-and-destroy approach to monitoring — as well […]

Organic food: What you need to know

Predicted to reach approximately $456 billion by 2025, the organic food and beverage industry continues to grow and is currently one of the fastest expanding food markets in the U.S.

Analysts believe this growth comes from a number of factors including rising government support for organic agriculture, expansion of organic products beyond just health food […]

Addressing yeast and mold contamination in an environmental monitoring program

In food manufacturing plants, monitoring the production environment is a focal point of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). To do this successfully, plants should develop an environmental monitoring program, which includes the implementation of clear, preventative actions that should be taken to eliminate non-compliant levels from occurring. In the case that a test area […]

A bad apple a day won’t keep the doctor away

Although it may seem like fall could be actually be called pumpkin spice season, this time of year is also known for apple harvest and when apple cider pops up in grocery stores and farmers markets.

While delicious, both apples and unpasteurized apple cider can cause food safety concerns if not processed correctly. For example, […]

The role of pathogen testing in an environmental monitoring program

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The main underlying aspect of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is changing the focus of food safety from a reactionary stance to one that is preventive. A key component of preventive controls is monitoring and cleaning the environment in which food is produced and processed.

Neogen’s extensive line of industry leading diagnostics […]

Validation for food allergens in an environmental monitoring program

Cleaning in a food production environment is a critical base to any facility’s food safety program. The importance of an effective cleaning process cannot be overstated. Failures can result in biological, chemical (including allergens) or physical material contamination of future production.

The challenge for most food production facilities is in establishing objectives and standards that […]

Best practices for incorporating an ATP sanitation monitoring system into an environmental monitoring program

A robust environmental monitoring program typically features three primary components: an ATP sanitation monitoring system for general cleaning efficacy, an allergen monitoring program when allergens are present in the facility, and a pathogen monitoring program to guard against microbial contamination. Below is the initial installment of a two-part series addressing the first two of these […]

FSMA and the role of environmental monitoring

Signed into law more than five years ago, The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is now finalized and will take effect over the next few years. The most comprehensive reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, FSMA aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus […]