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To Compliance and Beyond: Finding Intangibles Through Environmental Monitoring

Posted by Larry Bowman

April 13, 2017 at 1:00 PM

enviromap_april_blog.jpgSales of our new software, EnviroMap, have continued to grow over the last few years, and this growth has allowed me the opportunity to visit a number of our customers’ plants. I have visited plants that produce pet food, peanut butter, jelly, fresh vegetables, poultry and many more. These visits have given me the opportunity to speak directly with our EnviroMap users. I have seen firsthand how their sampling plans are improving over time and how they are using data that has been produced by EnviroMap to respond to contamination. Overall, I found it gratifying to see how the implementation and use of EnviroMap not only improves the operations by cutting cost, but also greatly enhances the overall productivity of the environmental programs. Corporate Quality teams were reporting how game-changing it was to be able to monitor, change and react to local environmental issues, whether at that particular plant or off-site. All of these factors make me proud of the significant contribution to food safety that EnviroMap is making. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Control Program, EnviroMap, Preventive Environmental Monitoring, Food Production

#ScrapTheWaste in Your Environmental Monitoring Program

Posted by Brent Wallen

March 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM

enviromap_blog-1.jpgWe are constantly challenged to do more with less: trim the fat, reduce costs, eliminate the scrap, etc. Simply look at your environmental monitoring program; the amount of time and money organizations spend clinging to manual, paper-based systems may surprise you.

The process at 30,000 feet doesn’t seem very complicated: sample your sites/locations, send the samples to the lab, receive the results, and report the findings. No problem, right?

It’s not until we examine the individual steps of the process that we discover the waste.

For example, before we collect our samples, we need to know how many and what type of samples are required, as well as where these samples need to be taken from in the plant. The process normally involves reviewing the environmental monitoring plan and a random number generator (15 minutes). If I’m unclear where the collection is to occur, I will need to ask or receive additional instructions (5 minutes).

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, EnviroMap, Pathogens, Preventive Environmental Monitoring, Pathogen Testing

The Environmental Monitoring Monologues: What About Mississippi?

Posted by Larry Bowman

February 20, 2017 at 10:00 AM

enviromap_blog.jpegSeveral years ago, I attended the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting, representing our new EnviroMap Software Solution. We spent almost five years developing a comprehensive product that would allow us to manage environmental sampling plans for food plants. Prior to that, we developed Laboratory Information Software solutions for food and energy labs for over ten years. From that experience, we recognized an emerging market for a comprehensive cost effective software tool to manage environmental sampling. This combined with the pending regulations of the new Food Safety Modernization Act made us certain that we had the ideal opportunity for our new software, EnviroMap. 

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Control Program, EnviroMap, Preventive Environmental Monitoring

Preventive Environmental Monitoring for Pet Food Facilities

Posted by Stephanie A. Wilkins

October 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM

shutterstock_177594395.jpgA picture taken in the early 1980s shows me at age 3 eating dog treats out of my grandparents’ food pantry. I think back on that picture and recognize how things have changed in the last 30+ years when it comes to Food Safety, most recently for the Pet Food Industry. Environmental Monitoring or Product Testing Programs rarely existed back then, and the few that did exist lacked planning. If I had gotten sick from consuming contaminated pet food, my parents or doctors would never have assumed eating dog food/treats caused it.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Pet Food, EnviroMap, Pathogens, Preventive Environmental Monitoring

Marco Polo and EnviroMap®: An Apt Analogy

Posted by Brent Wallen

February 5, 2016 at 10:30 AM

EnviroMapMarco Polo was not the first European to travel across Asia during the Middle Ages. But by writing about his journeys in the “Travels of Marco Polo,” he underscored the importance of documentation in gaining credibility with the masses. The book was a wild success and inspired countless other explorers, including Christopher Columbus who made a very important discovery in 1492.

Under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), companies are required to document the efficacy of their programs and processes to the satisfaction of regulators and stakeholders in their ongoing journey to produce safer products. Environmental monitoring programs have attained a sizable footprint across the food industry and companies are taking EnviroMap®, a comprehensive software solution for environmental monitoring, along for the journey.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, EnviroMap

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