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Food Safety Magazine 7-6-17

By | News

Revolutionary Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

The CERTUS system for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring will launch at the 2017 International Association for Food Protection annual meeting in Tampa, FL.

This system raises the bar with a unique, bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-size food processing plants. Unmatched in its unique approach to an industry dominated by outsourcing or complicated in-house testing, this system promises to make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost-effective ways to detect environmental pathogens in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

Environmental testing and monitoring are translated into a “simple, safe and smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and the risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

Anyone with minimal training can simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-Lock™ Detection Tube and insert the tube into the detection unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags or many of the ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The patented Grow, Read, Detect™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high-sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and it enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

GROW: The detection unit features a thermal chamber optimized for growth of the selected pathogen once sealed in the detection tube.

READ: The detection unit deploys surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy to monitor pathogen presence and growth.

DETECT: The system accurately detects the target pathogen continuously as enrichment is taking place.

This system contains everything you need for safe, in-house environmental monitoring.

The detection unit’s patented Grow, Read, Detect process provides real-time monitoring with simultaneous enrichment and detection. The control pad provides step-by-step directions, keeps records and sends instant alerts to key stakeholders through email and text. The detection kit includes sampling swabs, detection tubes with pathogen-specific dried reagent particles and pre-measured selective growth media.

CERTUS is currently accepting applications for beta testing the CERTUS System. To apply, please visit http://certusfoodsafety.com/beta-testing/ For more information on the CERTUS System, visit the CERTUS booth #928 at IAFP or visit http://www.certusfoodsafety.com.

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CERTUS™ Announces Exclusive License Agreement for Rapid Pathogen Detection Technology in Food Safety

By | Food for thought

CERTUS technology is covered by an exclusive license from BD (Becton Dickinson) to commercialize the proprietary technology in the field of food safety. BD acquired the SERS nanoparticle technology due to its value as a platform system that can be applied to many kinds of diagnostic applications. BD further developed and patented the technology to enable detection in a bio-contained tube during enrichment so that the lab or plant where the testing is conducted is not exposed to enriched pathogens.

BD has now out-licensed the technology to CERTUS in an effort to focus on clinical applications of the technology. BD continues to support the CERTUS technology as the supplier of the proprietary SERS nanoparticles.

Rapid Microbiology 7-4-17

By | News

CERTUS™ Debuts Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

A simultaneous brand launch and upcoming product preview offers IAFP attendees an inside look at the technology and expansive vision of the CERTUS brand.

CERTUS makes environmental testing and monitoring, which was once complex, a “Simple, Safe and Smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

The FDA is currently proposing to require environmental testing when:

  • A ready-to-eat food product is exposed to the environment before it is packaged; and
  • The packaged food does not receive a treatment that would significantly minimize an environmental pathogen that could contaminate the food.

In all other circumstances, FDA is proposing to require environmental monitoring only “as appropriate to the facility, the food, and the nature of the preventive control.”

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians. Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.”

Visit certusfoodsafety.com.

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Cleanroom Technology 7-4-17

By | News

Certus enters food safety sector with pathogen detection system

4-Jul-2017

The bio-contained system provides small to mid-sized producers with fast, easy-to-use and cost effective method to detect and prevent environmental Listeria spp

Certus, a simple way to detect Listeria spp

Certus has launched the Certus System, a bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants.

The company says this system will make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

It is designed to make environmental testing and monitoring simple, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media and sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.

Anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-Lock Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the Certus Detection Unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags and many ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring.

It eliminates complex workflow and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate.

The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians. Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.”

The CERTUS pathogen detection system was designed and developed through strategic collaborations. The core SERS technology and instrument design is based on innovative technology exclusively licensed from BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) for applications in the food safety market.

Certus is being marketed through Toho Technology group as a new brand specialising in Food Safety. Founded in Nagoya, Japan, Toho is a privately-held company that provides engineering, manufacture, distribution and support of diverse industrial and life-science technologies to customers around the world. With significant expertise in precision instrumentation and equipment sales, The company currently operates multiple facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Japan; Shanghai, China and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Toho Technology Inc is the launch site for the CERTUS global expansion with all R&D, operations and sales centered in its Chicago location.

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Produce Business 6-27-17

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CERTUS Enters Food Safety Industry With Revolutionary Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

Chicago, Illinois – CERTUS™, innovators in food safety technologies, announced entry into the food safety industry with the launch of the CERTUS System for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring. The CERTUS System raises the bar with a unique bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants. Unmatched in its unique approach to an industry dominated by outsourcing or complicated in-house testing, this system will make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

CERTUS makes environmental testing and monitoring, which was once complex, a “Simple, Safe and Smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.   Anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-LockTM Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the CERTUS Detection Unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags and many ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect.™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians.  Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.  CERTUS is part of a family-owned business that’s spent the past seven generations improving the foundations that businesses are built on.  Now we get to apply this tradition and passion to making a difference in how food is made, tested and verified as, ‘Safe for you and your family’.”

ABOUT CERTUS™

CERTUS changes the way food safety testing is done, and helps reduce food-borne illness with a new generation of food pathogen detection devices and processes that are precise, affordable and easy to use.  Making rapid pathogen detection and prevention Simple, Safe and Smart, CERTUS is built on the foundations of empowerment, simplicity, precision, and integrity.  CERTUS seeks to integrate historically embraced values into future technology to bring innovation and expansive vision to the food safety industry.  CERTUS joins the Toho Technology group of companies as a new brand specializing in Food Safety.  Founded in 1819 in Nagoya, Japan, Toho is a privately-held company that provides engineering, manufacture, distribution and support of diverse industrial and life-science technologies to customers around the world.  With significant expertise in precision instrumentation and equipment sales, Toho Technology advances the way products are made, tested and verified within the fields of food safety, healthcare, and nanotechnologies. The company currently operates multiple facilities in Chicago, Illinois; Japan; Shanghai, China and Jakarta, Indonesia. Toho Technology Inc. is the launch site for the CERTUS global expansion with all R&D, operations and sales centered in its Chicago location.

To learn more, visit http://CertusFoodSafety.com or call us at 872-810-4123.

Source: CERTUS

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Food Safety Magazine 6-27-17

By | News

CERTUS Enters Food Safety Industry with Revolutionary Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

This week, CERTUS announced its entry into the food safety industry with the launch of the CERTUS System for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring.

The CERTUS System raises the bar with a unique bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants. Unmatched in its unique approach to an industry dominated by outsourcing or complicated in-house testing, this system will make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost-effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

CERTUS makes environmental testing and monitoring, which was once complex, a “Simple, Safe and Smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant. Anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-LockTM Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the CERTUS Detection Unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags and many ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS president John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians. Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses. CERTUS is part of a family-owned business that’s spent the past seven generations improving the foundations that businesses are built on. Now we get to apply this tradition and passion to make a difference in how food is made, tested and verified as, ‘Safe for you and your family’.”

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Rapid Microbiology 6-26-17

By | News

Special Focus – What’s on Show at IAFP 2017

Whether you are attending the IAFP this year or just want to keep up to date with the latest in products for the food microbiology laboratory, you can use our new ‘at-a-glance’ interactive graphic to quickly and easily see what’s going to be on show in Tampa, Florida 9 to 12 July, 2017.

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Press Release June 27, 2017

By | News

CERTUS™ Enters Food Safety Industry with Revolutionary Bio-Contained, In-House Pathogen Detection System

System improves food safety by providing small to mid-sized producers with fast, easy-to-use, and cost effective method to detect and prevent environmental Listeria spp.

Chicago, Illinois – June 27, 2017 – Today, CERTUS™, innovators in food safety technologies, announced entry into the food safety industry with the launch of the CERTUS System for rapid pathogen detection and environmental monitoring. The CERTUS System raises the bar with a unique bio-contained, in-house solution for pathogen detection for small and mid-sized food processing plants. Unmatched in its unique approach to an industry dominated by outsourcing or complicated in-house testing, this system will make food safer by providing producers fast, easy and cost effective ways to detect environmental Listeria in food processing environments and the food itself prior to reaching consumers.

CERTUS makes environmental testing and monitoring, which was once complex, a “Simple, Safe and Smart” process, greatly reducing time and cost by eliminating media preparation, sample preparation, courier expense and risk of opening an enriched sample in the plant.   Anyone with minimal training will simply swab a surface, add media to the Bio-LockTM Detection Tube, and insert the tube into the CERTUS Detection Unit to start getting rapid results during the enrichment cycle. There is no need for centrifuges, incubators, pipettes, stomachers, bags and many ancillary items and steps that current methods require.

The company’s patented Grow, Read, Detect™ continuous monitoring process combines enrichment and high sensitivity detection in a homogenous, no-wash format for real-time monitoring; it eliminates complex workflow; and enables any food processor to conduct safe and easy on-site testing, receive instant alerts, and take action to remediate. The first commercial system will be launched in 2018 for environmental monitoring and prevention of Listeria spp.

“We are focused on building a business that solves real problems,” says CERTUS President, John Coomes. “Now with FSMA compliance requirements, small and medium-sized producers face expensive outsourced testing that takes days for results to come in or they need to invest in bio-safe labs, expensive equipment, and highly skilled lab technicians.  Our customers will avoid all of those risks and expenses.  CERTUS is part of a family-owned business that’s spent the past seven generations improving the foundations that businesses are built on.  Now we get to apply this tradition and passion to making a difference in how food is made, tested and verified as, ‘Safe for you and your family’.”

For Media Inquiries Contact: Candace Taylor :: Email: candace.taylor@certusfoodsafety.com :: Call us at 872-810-4123

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Risk Management Today

By | Risk Management

We understand your need to monitor your production environment for pathogenic organisms.

In fact, the FDA is currently proposing to require environmental testing when:

  • A ready-to-eat food product is exposed to the environment before it is packaged; and
  • The packaged food does not receive a treatment that would significantly minimize an environmental pathogen that could contaminate the food.

In all other circumstances, FDA is proposing to require environmental monitoring only “as appropriate to the facility, the food, and the nature of the preventive control.”

Environmental testing typically entails taking microbiological samples of food contact surfaces or nearby areas to test for the presence of a pathogen or indicator organism. For ready to eat foods processed under wet conditions or environments, the organism of concern is generally Listeria monocytogenes.

CERTUS is uniquely positioned as your food safety partner to help educate and work with you to mitigate these risks.

So much so, we developed a proprietary bio-containment system to achieve safe handling and disposition of samples.

Furthermore, we know that food safety is a global issue, and many Food Safety Authorities (Canada, Europe, Australia) are striving for the similar standards, in fact Australia and the US just announced that their systems and regulations are compatible, streamlining the compliance portion of trade agreements.