It seems like in recent months and weeks, you just can't seem to escape the news of some type of food recall or without hearing about an outbreak of food contamination at a local restaurant. The CDC has been working with the USDA, FDA, and state/local public health officials to investigate these recent outbreaks caused by Listeria monocytogenes. So, how can you protect yourself from Listeria? Let's first start with the basics.
Two years of clever and diligent R&D work by the Sample6 team has paid off with our first significant industry milestone, AOAC certification. When we set out to revolutionize pathogen detection for food safety, we knew it would require a lot of hard work but we quickly realized that revolutionizing food safety would require buy in and support from the entire food safety industry. Going through the AOAC certification process brought this to light, as it required collaboration and partnership with the AOAC organization, third party labs, and our pilot partners.
It’s been one year since I joined Sample6’s crusade to revolutionize pathogen testing and food safety. In that time I’ve had the privilege of touring over a dozen food plants from Boston to Salinas Valley. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to “quality test” cooked bacon – delicious! I’ve seen freshly severed fish heads, lettuce - washed, chopped, spun, blown and bagged, and six-foot vats of melted cheese that would make a glorious Super Bowl party. It has truly been like Charlie’s tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory: amazing, impressive and occasionally terrifying. It is amazing how different locations, product types and companies have one thing very much in common. In every single case, there is an impressive and sincere commitment to shipping safe food. The food safety folks I have met are doing everything they can; using every available resource; to ensure that the food their plants are producing is safe. But, they all are in agreement that the tools available today are not ideal for achieving this goal.