Diamond Pet Foods Safety & Quality

Presenters: Dr. Michele Sayles, Executive Director of Food Safety and Quality at Diamond Pet Foods & Dr. Vik Dutta, Senior Staff Scientist at bioMérieux.


This episode of the Food Safety Matters podcast joins Dr. Michele Sayles of Diamond Pet Foods and Dr. Vik Dutta of bioMérieux to discuss the risks, concerns, and solutions for pet food safety and quality control during manufacturing. Dr. Sayles holds a PhD in food microbiology and has over 21 years of experience in the field. Her team at Diamond Pet Foods has worked with Dr. Dutta for years to not only detect and analyze contamination, but to predict and prevent it.  

No two facilities or contamination cases are the same. Testing only the final product is not a sufficient method of pathogen protection. Quality controls must be present throughout the entire production process, with final product testing used only as a failsafe. Luckily, new technology and advancements in testing methodology are giving companies access to comprehensive and precise data, faster than ever. Listen to the full podcast to learn more about how Diamond Pet Foods and bioMérieux have partnered to create the highest level of pet food safety and quality in the industry.

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Key Takeaways

  • Quickly identifying whether a pathogen is a recurring resident or one-time transient helps troubleshoot the problem faster, avoiding large time or financial investments in tracking down the wrong root cause.
  • bioMérieux’s technology is pushing food safety and quality testing beyond the simple test/result framework. The comprehensive nature of this technology allows for trend analysis which sheds light on a facility’s true areas of risk.
  • Many manufacturers are hesitant to test for contaminants like Salmonella for fear of ramifications from food regulation agencies. bioMérieux gives facilities flexibility without fear. Data coding allows companies to get the information they need, anonymously.
  • The Predictive Diagnostic Innovation Center in Philadelphia was created to continuously evolve partnerships with companies like Diamond Pet Food, because no two customers or problems are the same.

From Detect & Respond to Predict & Prevent

Presenters: Adam Joelsson, Director of Technology and Head of Research and Development at Invisible Sentinel Inc., a bioMérieux company & Vik Dutta, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist at bioMérieux.


Hear from Adam Joelsson, Director of Technology and Head of Research and Development at Invisible Sentinel Inc. and Vik Dutta, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist at bioMérieux. Adam and Vik discuss the future of food safety in this bonus episode of Food Safety Magazine’s Food Safety Matters podcast. They discuss the evolution of the industry from one-test one-result to a predictive model, using Predictive Diagnostics to bend the curve in food safety and quality, and the minds at bioMérieux who make Predictive Diagnostics possible.

The interview also covers the exciting new Predictive Diagnostics Innovation Center (PDIC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. The PDIC is an intersection of bioMérieux’s key sectors, including bioinformatics, data science, augmented Dx, assay platforms, sequencing, and applied science. The hub leverages experts’ brainpower and skills to tackle next-generation diagnostic methods, with the end goal of moving from being reactive to proactive.

Because of revolutionary improvements in technology, the switch from detect and respond to predict and prevent is now within reach, and will significantly move the needle in food safety and quality. The PDIC already has multiple success stories, including a sophisticated spoilage prevention project with BODYARMOR. Listen to the full podcast above to hear more from Adam and Vik about the future of the food safety and quality industry.

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Key Takeaways

  • The industry has always looked at contamination as a singular event, but Predictive Diagnostics is creating a holistic system by looking at the entire production chain, from raw materials to customer feedback.
  • The Predictive Diagnostics Innovation Center (PDIC) in Philadelphia is an exciting new braintrust comprised of bioMérieux’s key research sectors.
  • Final Product Testing for harmful bacteria like Listeria happens too late in the supply chain. Identifying indicator biomes in raw materials can stop contamination events before production.

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