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Throughout Kellerman Consulting’s free nine-episode Environmental Monitoring Program video series, we review all of the required components in setting up an environmental monitoring program. We evaluate the main organisms a facility should consider at the start of a program, and review what resources are available to perform environmental monitoring on an ongoing basis.
Episode 1: An Introduction to Environmental Monitoring Programs
Let’s begin with the basics of implementing and operating an environmental monitoring program for food and food packaging facilities. To do so, we start with what an environmental monitoring program is for, and what the first steps are in setting the program up.
Episode 4: Swabbing Drains in Environmental Monitoring
For facilities with established environmental monitoring programs, drains present a unique challenge and opportunity to monitor for organisms, and thinking through the approach to including or excluding drains from the swabbing schedule is important.
Episode 5: Complex Swabbing Patterns
We continue our look at advanced practices in environmental monitoring in the 5th episode of this video series. We need to look at strategies and patterns for swabbing to assure that we are successful in tracking down pathogens, and to eradicate them before they get near areas where equipment or product is at risk.
Episode 6: Environmental Swabbing in Meat and Poultry Facilities (FSIS)
In this video series we have focused on how to build an effective environmental monitoring program for food and food packaging facilities. Regulatory oversight in these programs often occur during infrequent visits that are conducted annually, or even less frequently. One major exception are facilities under FSIS jurisdiction, in which regular oversight occurs, often every day.
Episode 9: Environmental Monitoring in GFSI Programs
Each of the major GFSI programs, SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and PrimusGFS programs all require fully implemented environmental monitoring programs to be in place as part of the safety and quality programs, including risk assessments justifying the approach taken in the facility.
To create an environmental program site master list, start in the highest risk area of your facility, i.e., after the kill step but before packaging; or if there is no kill step, anywhere product is exposed. Make an extensive list of potential sampling sites. Learn how to use different types of swabs. Download Kellerman Consulting’s Free Environmental Monitoring Swab Location Guide to help you get started today.