Environmental Pathogen Monitoring: An Introduction Guide

A collection of articles by Jack Van Der Sanden


Jack van der Sanden is an international food safety advisor and has been part of the global food industry for over 30 years. He specializes in Environmental Pathogen Management (EPM) and has advised food industries on the design of preventative Environmental Monitoring Programs for the past 10 years. Jack and BioMérieux have partnered up to produce this introductory guide to environmental pathogen monitoring in the food industry.

Each article in the series addresses a unique and actionable topic for business owners in the food and beverage industry. Download the full whitepaper above to read Jack’s answers to the following questions: Is your food factory actually healthy? How should we address the unexpected spread of Listeria in food factories? What is the most efficient way to hunt down pathogens in a factory? What happens if a pathogen is found in your plant? What are some incorrect assumptions about EPMs? Production facilities with a firm grasp on the foundations of environmental pathogen monitoring are better prepared in the event of a positive pathogen test.

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Key Takeaways

  • Following a strict routine of plant health checks can quickly detect anomalies and help companies avoid costly and dangerous contamination events.
  • Environmental pathogen monitoring is an essential tool for food plant safety. Jack believes the principle is simple: if we search correctly, we increase our chances of finding pathogens. 
  • It is better to discover a pathogen in your food plant before products can be contaminated. The real concern should be whether or not your facility has a predetermined pathogen response strategy to address the contamination.

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