Building efficiencies to help combat labor shortages

As the economy works to bounce back from the effects of an ongoing pandemic, some businesses are struggling to staff up. Across the country, many store hours are limited, or service is slow. “Now hiring” signs decorate business windows, while other storefronts remain closed indefinitely as they search for willing workers.   This labor shortage seems to be hitting all industries, including food manufacturing. If your lab or facility is short … Continue reading “Building efficiencies to help combat labor shortages”

Explore the role of microorganisms in the safety, quality and shelf life of meat and meat products.

Pathogenic organisms like Salmonella, Campylobacter and Listeria monocytogenes represent food safety hazards and public health threats. Other microorganisms are involved in spoilage, quality issues and reduced shelf life.   In a 3M-sponsored webinar on December 2, experts from Iowa State University and University of Wisconsin-River Falls will investigate major pathogens in meat and the public health burden of foodborne illness outbreaks involving these pathogens. Speakers James Dickson, Ph.D., and Purnendu C. Vasavada, … Continue reading “Explore the role of microorganisms in the safety, quality and shelf life of meat and meat products.”

Food Safety Matters podcast episode wraps up food safety culture webinar series

Listen to the episode to hear host Barbara VanRenterghem interview Jonathan Walsh, 3M Food Safety, and Lone Jespersen, Ph.D., Cultivate. Jonathan and Lone share learnings and key take-aways from the five-part webinar series that ran from February to June.  ​ About the Global Food Safety Culture Webinar Series  The Global Food Safety Culture Webinar Series was designed to … Continue reading “Food Safety Matters podcast episode wraps up food safety culture webinar series”

Achieving Faster Colony Counting for Food Safety Quality Indicator Testing.

The 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plate Reader Advanced can help increase a laboratory’s productivity and may support continuous improvement by freeing technicians to do more value-added tasks.   Food safety laboratories are challenged each day to quickly meet their testing goals and help reduce delays in shipping food to market for consumers. In addition to supporting consumer safety, these teams of food safety professionals are also responsible for testing the quality of manufactured food to ensure it meets regulatory requirements and product … Continue reading “Achieving Faster Colony Counting for Food Safety Quality Indicator Testing.”

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Picnics and food safety: putting age-old arguments to rest

When folks gather around the grill to spend some welcome relaxation time with family and friends, food becomes the centerpiece of a shared experience. How do you make sure you’re keeping those you care for safe at the table? Cari Lingle, 3M Food Safety microbiologist, puts eight commonly-debated food arguments to the test. Does the “five-second … Continue reading “Picnics and food safety: putting age-old arguments to rest”

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Experiencing increased volume in your facility? This study on effective cleaning and sanitation might help.

As some areas of the country and world begin to open back up pending the recovery from COVID-19, many facilities are experiencing increased demand. We’re also heading into harvest season, which can bring additional volume increase.   With these demand evolutions in mind, some food manufacturing facilities are evaluating the effectiveness of their cleaning and sanitation operations. To both meet regulations and support overall food safety and quality, facilities sometimes strive for a robust hygiene monitoring … Continue reading “Experiencing increased volume in your facility? This study on effective cleaning and sanitation might help.”

3M Food Safety science at the 3M Open

Food producers like you already know the importance of food safety testing. The average consumer, however, may not realize the critical role your work and our testing technology both play in helping to deliver safe, quality food. The 3M Open PGA TOUR event, held in late July, provided an ideal opportunity to connect consumers with 3M Food Safety science. Spectators had several ways to learn about the science … Continue reading “3M Food Safety science at the 3M Open”

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Discover the future of food safety at IAFP 2021

It’s almost time for the International Association for Food Protection’s 2021 Annual Meeting (IAFP). After the fully virtual show last year, IAFP 2021 is back in person July 18–21 in Phoenix, Arizona (there’s also a virtual option for those unable to travel).  Join other food safety professionals for this leading global food safety conference to explore current and emerging food safety issues, the latest … Continue reading “Discover the future of food safety at IAFP 2021”