Smithfield Foods is a leading consumer packaged meats company, as well as the world’s largest pork processor and hog producer. When the company first began working with Sample6, one of its three divisions included 12 plant facilities manufacturing ready-to-eat (RTE) products that required environmental listeria monitoring. With approximately 1,600 weekly testing samples being tracked by two corporate food safety directors, management of the program had become a complex, labor-intensive and time-consuming one.
Yes, the food safety industry is majorly transforming as we speak. Yes, you need to shift your mindset immediately and refine your processes dramatically. Yes, there’s a hefty, potentially devastating price to pay if you continue to rely on outdated approaches and refuse to adopt proactive measures. But no, this doesn’t have to be a nightmare for your manufacturing company. And no, you don’t have to be afraid. Why? Because the reality of change is as old as time, and with most periods of change come evolution and innovation. This can certainly be said of the food processing industry.
Use this checklist to help avoid Tens of Millions in damage costs, severe brand equity loss, and unexpected food audits.
It’s no secret to anyone in the food and beverage industry that an outbreak can cost an average of $10 million in damages. So why are food manufacturers still reacting AFTER something happens instead of preventing BEFORE a situation runs out of control? It’s beyond vital that plant managers not only have an appropriate corrective action plan for handling positive test results on finished product, but it’s equally if not more important to have strong preventative measures in place to catch pathogens in the production environment BEFORE they enter the product and worst of all BEFORE they leave the facility!
When we built Sample6 CONTROL, our focus was helping to solve the challenge of managing environmental data. We met customers with giant and complex Excel spreadsheets and paper floorplans with sticky notes. We knew that we could offer a better solution. The first step was to sort out the challenges that food processors were facing:
At Sample6 we are working hard to bring the first enrichment-free environmental pathogen test out to the plant. In order to ensure success, we have worked with many pilot plants over the past year to help define what it takes to bring Sample6 DETECT/L and CONTROL to the plant. My team is focused on customer success. This includes training, integration and customer support. Our focus has been on ease of use for a broad range of skill sets within your plant. Whether it will be your quality team, sanitation team or someone from the production floor running the test, the process must be easy to learn and easy to perform with consistent results.