Company: Canadian Gourmet foods producer

Primary Contact: Quality Assurance Manager

Produces: Ready to eat soups, sauces, and entrees.

Reason for purchase: “To get a real time reading of Listeria and avoid unnecessary waiting time & cost on delayed actions.”

Benefits derived from Listeria Right Now adoption:

“We are glad we have this device to detect Listeria in real time.”
“Real time reading of Listeria, so corrective actions such as sanitation & segregation of area can be taken right away.”

How did they “sell” the purchase of the system to upper management?

“It is cost effective by considering we can take preventative actions on Listeria risk in product rather than correcting after the fact.”

Company: U.S. Vegetable dips company

Primary Contact: Director, Global Food Safety

Produces: Vegetable dips.

Reason for purchase: FDA inspection resulted in recall due to Listeria environmental positives. Global food safety director wanted to “eradicate Listeria from the facility”.

Benefits derived from Listeria Right Now adoption:

  • Reduced turnaround time for putting equipment back into production from 48-72 hours to one hour.
  • Doing zone 1 testing.
  • Reduced Listeria positive incidence rates from ~10% to under .5% through a series of interventions enabled by LRN.
  • State department of agriculture was so impressed by results they came in to see for themselves.
  • Powder-based antimicrobials tend to wound and not kill cells. Previous methods did not uncover the issue. With LRN, they don’t care if cell is viable, they want to get rid of it anyway.
  • Uncovered some harborage sites due to swabs’ ability to get into areas sponges could not.
  • May move to a test-and-hold practice.

How did they “sell” the purchase of the system to upper management?

Recall was primary stimulus. They decided to “never let that happen again”.

Company: New Zealand Health foods producer

Primary Contact: Quality Assurance Manager

Produces: Healthy, convenient and delicious plant-based meal choices.

Reason for purchase: Listeria incident within facility

Benefits derived from Listeria Right Now adoption:

  • “With the ability to test in-house we were able to significantly increase the amount of testing and quickly identify the sources of Listeria to gain an understanding of how widespread the issue was.”
  • “The rapid one-hour test allowed us to target our cleaning and confirm effectiveness in real-time helping ensure we were getting maximum value from our cleaning.”
  • LRN is now “a critical part of our internal Listeria monitoring programme allowing us to monitor our sites on a daily basis and respond appropriately on the same day.”
  • With the LRN system “we now have an increased amount of data allowing us to trend the results and give us a high level of confidence in our Listeria management programme. I do not believe we would have this high level of confidence if we were solely relying on external test results.”
  • The system “is so easy to use we have trained all of our laboratory staff to use it.”

How did they “sell” the purchase of the system to upper management?

“To tell you the truth it was not difficult to sell the purchasing of the unit to upper management because of the situation we were in. Fort Richard, a microbiology supply and manufacturing company, had loaned us the unit initially and it was key to us getting the situation under control and limiting the product loss. From where we were at the time, the cost of the unit was not really significant. If you know or have reason to believe Listeria could be in your factory or if you know there is a chance Listeria could come in on raw materials you need a comprehensive Listeria monitoring programme in place. The Neogen ANSR unit allows you to do this with maximum flexibility and increased monitoring that is still cost effective. Because of the increased monitoring you can build a good picture of where the high-risk areas are in your facility which allows effective management of those areas. I believe effective use of the Neogen Listeria Right Now unit goes a long way toward avoiding Listeria outbreaks. In the event of a Listeria outbreak you need to move very quickly to get an understanding of how widespread the issue is and identify potential spots within your factory that you may be re-infecting from. The Neogen Listeria Right Now unit allows you to do this, in a way that using external laboratories does not, giving you the chance to shut down the outbreak in a timely and effective manner.”

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