Keep Produce and Produce Pickers Safe From Contamination

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Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Who is Picking your Produce?

How Post-harvest Pesticide Use Affects Their Health

When your produce is picked from the field, more often than not, it is washed with some sort of antimicrobial agent. This can serve a couple different purposes; one to extend the shelf life of produce, while the other to ensure the customer does not consume any nasty microbes or pathogens gathered from the field. While all of these solutions must be registered by the EPA, they are not all created equal. And while many of these registered pesticides may achieve the minimum required pathogen reduction, a much higher concentration is usually to do so, with more steps needed.

Destroying Listeria in Your Food Processing Plant


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From the website, Listeria is “…a bacteria found in soil and water and some animals, including poultry and cattle. It can be present in raw milk and foods made from raw milk. It can also live in food processing plants and contaminate a variety of processed meats.” Listeria is especially dangerous to many food processing plants because it can withstand the cold temperatures that would normally make other microbes inert. 

4 Ways You’re Wasting Money with Improper Disinfection


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Many different types of institutions require some level of disinfection. The reason for this requirement is to protect their staff, patients, customers, etc. For many, the chemicals used and any extra staffing required are sunk costs, but what may not be known is that their current disinfection protocol could be costing them more money than necessary. By simply investigating current methods of disinfection or the chemicals used in the process, you could discover there is money to be saved.

Decontamination without Downtime

disinfecting a lab4.13.2015

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Any institution that requires sanitization and/or disinfection, such as medical facilities, long term care facilities, food processing plants, wineries, etc. knows all too well that time is a precious commodity. One particular industry that places the greatest amount of importance on time is the diagnostic industry. Large diagnostic companies perform thousands of diagnostic tests daily, and the clinical analyzers used to perform these test must run at very high throughputs with very high accuracy and precision.