Environmental Monitoring Program: A Step By Step Guide

A collection of articles by Jack Van Der Sanden


Jack van der Sanden has been part of the global food industry for over 30 years. He has worked internationally as a food safety advisor and has specialized in Environmental Pathogen Management (EPM) and advised food industries to design effective EPM programs. Jack has partnered with BioMérieux to produce a short series of articles about environmental pathogen monitoring in the food industry.

Each article in the series provides invaluable information, insights, and opinions on the following topics: Why does your company need an EPM program? What are the most common mistakes companies make when implementing pathogen testing? What is a pathogen test looking for? How can I set up a pathogen hunt? What happens if pathogens are found in my plant? Download the full whitepaper above to learn Jack’s answers to these questions and more.

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Key Takeaways

  • Monitoring your food plant environment for pathogens helps avoid dangerous and costly contamination events before your product and your customers are affected.
  • Being aware that budget is an important factor for companies, Jack seeks to convince facilities that EPM is essential for food plants.
  • When it comes to pathogens, an error is usually dramatic and costly to your business. Jack reminds us that we have to expect the unexpected, and that pathogen testing can be dangerous if we don’t follow some basic rules.
  • A positive for an environmental pathogen is not a company death sentence, but rather an opportunity to employ an efficient, predetermined, and tailor-made response strategy.

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