More food facilities are creating and upgrading their environmental monitoring programs (EMP) due to an increasing emphasis from government agencies on locating and controlling food hazards and contaminants.
One bacterium can multiply to more than 30,000 in five hours and more than 16 million in eight hours. If these bacteria then create a biofilm, standard sanitation chemicals may not remove it.
If contamination levels are high or sanitation procedures are inadequate, microorganisms may grow and contaminate food products leading to a foodborne illness outbreak. This article covers how to build and execute an EMP, when to conduct microbial and ATP testing, and enumerates the advantages of in-house environmental testing over 3rd party testing.
Selecting a quality luminometer and tests is the only way to understand if sanitation procedures are truly effective. Implementing the next level of ATP analysis will bring your product to the next level of hygiene, mitigate the inherent risks of food safety, and protect your family and children from preventable hazards.
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We appreciate the opportunity to support our customers’ food safety programs to help protect the consumer and brand integrity for years to come.
Charm Sciences innovates and develops food safety and sanitation diagnostic solutions to predict and prevent chemical and microbiological challenges in farm-to-table food production and hospitality applications. We are committed to protecting our customers’ brands and helping them provide the highest quality products and services for our families.
We are trusted by governments, organizations, and consumers around the world. We’re trusted because we’re completely focused on the betterment of the industry. We share innovation, best practices, training, and technology with our customers in an effort to further global—and local—best-in-class food safety programs.
Our food safety customers trust our solutions because they are 100% accurate, easy to use, and tailored to be the exact fit for their needs. In fact, because of our commitment to food safety, never in the history of Charm, has a single Charm customer had to manage a product recall while actively—and properly—using our solutions.
Founded in 1978, Charm Sciences has made the science of food safety a way of life. From source to global supply chain to refrigerator, Charm is committed to developing, delivering, and supporting the very best in safety practices, technology and solutions for the dairy, food, and grain industries.
Charm Sciences, in collaboration with eBacMap, introduces a cutting-edge software tool that digitally associates ATP sanitation verification and microbial indicators, revolutionizing sanitation management in food facilities.
The Charm/Zymo swab will launch onboard SpaceX Crew making this our 7th flight into space. The Johnson Space Center (NASA) will use the sampling swabs for researching diet and gut health in space.
We are pleased to announce our ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) three-year recertification for the design and manufacture of microbial detection products for food safety and quality testing.
The customizable Myco Case neatly holds everything needed to run Charm’s trusted Rapid One Step Assay (ROSA) mycotoxin tests: a Charm EZ-M system, ROSA Quad Incubator, printer, Bluetooth Adapter, centrifuge, pipettes, graduated cylinder, and all disposable supplies needed to run the test.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) has renewed the usage of the ROSA® WET®-S5 Zearalenone Quantitative Test. USDA-FGIS operates and oversees official grain inspection services throughout the United States and will use the ZEARQ-WETS5 test for official zearalenone testing.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) has renewed the usage of the ROSA WET-S5 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test. This lateral flow test was first approved in 2014, again in 2017, and is reapproved for the detection of aflatoxin in barley, brown rice, corn, DDG, DDGS, hominy, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat.
Ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee beverages have been validated on the Charm EPIC Microbial ATP System for use as a rapid microbial release test. Extensive testing was performed with over ten different microbial strains, all of which the EPIC successfully detected in a wide array of RTD coffee products, including black coffees, coffees with dairy creamer, and coffees with plant-based creamer.
The novaLUM II-X system makes sanitation verification, corrective action, and documentation easier than ever
The novaLUM II-X system builds upon Charm’s trusted ATP (adenosine triphosphate) detection technology with sophisticated new software, resulting in a powerful system that not only optimizes sanitation monitoring, but utilizes collected data to help users evaluate and improve their sanitation programs. As a result, companies are able to reduce microbial challenges, improve product quality, reduce customer complaints, and extend product shelf life.
Charm ROSA Beta-Lactam 30 Second Test Approved by the NCIMS and Certified by AOAC-RI for Screening Milk Tankers
Charm Sciences, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Charm ROSA® Beta-lactam 30 Second Test (BL30SEC) has been accepted by the 2019 National Conference of Interstate Milk Shipments for screening milk tankers according to the Pasteurized Milk Ordinance Appendix N requirements
Charm Sciences Awarded Certificate of Conformance by USDA-FGIS for Test for Feed and Grain (OCHRAQ-G)
Charm Sciences is pleased to announce that in August it was awarded a Certificate of Conformance from the United States Department of Agriculture, Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) for the ROSA® Ochratoxin Quantitative Test for Feed and Grain (OCHRAQ-G).
Charm Sciences announces the new MycoTube Portable Aflatoxin Screening test, the only five-minute field test for detection of aflatoxin in grains and feed.
The MycoTube test is simple to perform and is ideal for use in the field, as it does not require any specialized equipment, solvents, or electricity, and provides results at detection levels between 10 to 100 ppb. Results are available in as little as five minutes.
Today, Charm Sciences announces the introduction of a new AOAC – OMA- approved Peel Plate® EB Microbial Test for use in the poultry processing industry. The new test allows processing facilities to perform indicator tests onsite and provides quick, clear, and easy-to-interpret results.
ROSA WET-S3 Aflatoxin Quantitative Test (AFQ-WETS3) has been reapproved by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Federal Grain Inspection Service (USDA-FGIS) for the detection of aflatoxin in corn. The test was awarded a Certificate of Conformance by FGIS, indicating that it meets all FGIS performance requirements, and may be used for official inspection. The AFQ-WETS3 test was first approved by FGIS in 2016.
Today, over 75% of the global raw milk supply is tested with Charm products.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne maladies.