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Quality Assurance & Food Safety 4-8-19

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CERTUS Releases Empower Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Software

Chicago-based Certus, innovators in rapid pathogen detection, has released Empower environmental monitoring software, an intuitive platform providing food producers a cost-effective solution with value-added quality management features. At no additional or ongoing costs, the company said, Empower combines a complete pathogen test workflow with a comprehensive facility management system, allowing producers to improve food safety and build customer trust by efficiently planning, testing, remediating, and tracking results within their production plants.

“Empower addresses two traditional barriers food producers face when investing in a facility management software: ease of use and cost,” said Certus President John Coomes. “Today, smartphone simplicity is the standard and that was the driving force when we designed Empower. The Certus mission is to put smart pathogen environmental control at your fingertips with no additional cost or subscription fees.”

Providing robust facility management features to food producers of all sizes, the company said, Empower levels the playing field when it comes to environmental monitoring, while building trust with customers who expect the latest technology in food safety.

As an integral component of Certus’s in-house pathogen detection system, Empower software is installed on the Control Pad (9.7-inch iPad) that is a vital complementary component of the Certus System. The software guides technicians through daily testing protocol, including sample locations and step-by-step workflow directions. While sensitive customer data is securely stored in the Certus Detection Unit, Empower communicates wirelessly with the Detection Unit to initiate tests, monitor progress, record results, and alert stakeholders instantly with text and email messages.

The company explained that Empower integrates a producer’s schedule with a unique facility map for complete visibility by production staff directing when and where to perform the day’s environmental monitoring sampling; tracks testing records and corrective actions while providing easy-to-create custom reports for internal, client, and regulatory audits; includes real-time and comprehensive quality management features to give stakeholders insight into problem areas that may require proactive correction.

The release of Empower builds on the company’s cornerstone Certus System which achieved AOAC Performance Tested certification in October 2018. The combination of AOAC certification and Empower software provides food processing plants further assurance with the effectiveness and efficiency of Certus’s in-house environmental monitoring process for Listeria spp.

A limited number of Certus Systems are now available. Food processors interested in learning how to integrate the Certus System and Empower monitoring software into their facilities can schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation at certusfoodsafety.com/consultation.

Associated Press 4-8-19

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CERTUS™ Releases Empower™ Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Software Providing Strengthened and Streamlined In-House Control

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apr 8, 2019–CERTUS, innovators in rapid pathogen detection, announces the release of Empower environmental monitoring software, an intuitive platform providing food producers a cost-effective solution with value-added quality management features. At no additional or ongoing costs, Empower combines a complete pathogen test workflow with a comprehensive facility management system, allowing producers to improve food safety and build customer trust by efficiently planning, testing, remediating, and tracking results within their production plants.

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Empower combines a complete pathogen test workflow with a comprehensive facility management system, allowing producers to improve food safety and build customer trust by efficiently planning, testing, remediating, and tracking results within their production plants. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Empower addresses two traditional barriers food producers face when investing in a facility management software: ease of use and cost,” said CERTUS president, John Coomes. “Today, smartphone simplicity is the standard and that was the driving force when we designed Empower. The CERTUS mission is to put smart pathogen environmental control at your fingertips with no additional cost or subscription fees.”

Providing robust facility management features to food producers of all sizes, Empower levels the playing field when it comes to environmental monitoring, while building trust with customers who expect the latest technology in food safety.

As an integral component of CERTUS’s in-house pathogen detection system, Empower software is installed on the Control Pad (9.7” iPad) that is a vital complementary component of the CERTUS System. The software guides technicians through daily testing protocol, including sample locations and step-by-step workflow directions. While sensitive customer data is securely stored in the CERTUS Detection Unit, Empower communicates wirelessly with the Detection Unit to initiate tests, monitor progress, record results, and alert stakeholders instantly with text and email messages.

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Press Release 4.8.19

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CERTUS™ Releases Empower™ Pathogen Environmental Monitoring Software Providing Strengthened and Streamlined In-House Control Certification

Digital platform provides intuitive, cost-effective solution for producers combining scheduling and workflow tracking with early pathogen detection leading to a quicker remediation response

CHICAGO – April 8, 2019 – CERTUS, innovators in rapid pathogen detection, announces the release of Empower environmental monitoring software, an intuitive platform providing food producers a cost-effective solution with value-added quality management features. At no additional or ongoing costs, Empower combines a complete pathogen test workflow with a comprehensive facility management system, allowing producers to improve food safety and build customer trust by efficiently planning, testing, remediating, and tracking results within their production plants.

“Empower addresses two traditional barriers food producers face when investing in a facility management software: ease of use and cost,” said CERTUS president, John Coomes. “Today, smartphone simplicity is the standard and that was the driving force when we designed Empower.  The CERTUS mission is to put smart pathogen environmental control at your fingertips with no additional cost or subscription fees.”

Providing robust facility management features to food producers of all sizes, Empower levels the playing field when it comes to environmental monitoring, while building trust with customers who expect the latest technology in food safety.

As an integral component of CERTUS’s in-house pathogen detection system, Empower software is installed on the Control Pad (9.7” iPad) that is a vital complementary component of the CERTUS System. The software guides technicians through daily testing protocol, including sample locations and step-by-step workflow directions.  While sensitive customer data is securely stored in the CERTUS Detection Unit, Empower communicates wirelessly with the Detection Unit to initiate tests, monitor progress, record results, and alert stakeholders instantly with text and email messages.

Empower integrates a producer’s schedule with a unique facility map for complete visibility by production staff directing when and where to perform the day’s environmental monitoring sampling. The software tracks testing records and corrective actions while providing easy-to-create custom reports for internal, client, and regulatory audits. Empower’s real-time and comprehensive quality management features give stakeholders insight into problem areas that may require proactive correction.

The release of Empower builds on the company’s cornerstone CERTUS System which achieved AOAC Performance TestedSM certification in October 2018. The combination of AOAC certification and Empower software provides food processing plants further assurance with the effectiveness and efficiency of CERTUS’s in-house environmental monitoring process for Listeria spp.

A limited number of CERTUS Systems are now available. Food processors interested in learning how to integrate the CERTUS System and Empower monitoring software into their facilities can schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation by visiting certusfoodsafety.com/consultation.

ABOUT CERTUS™

CERTUS changes the way that food safety is done and helps reduce food-borne illness with a rapid pathogen detection system that is Simple. Safe. Smart™. CERTUS integrates historically embraced values into future technology bringing innovation and expansive vision to the food safety industry.  Building on a foundation of over 200 years of quality and precision, CERTUS joins the Toho Technology group of companies as a new brand specializing in Food Safety.

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Food SafetyTech 10-26-18

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CERTUS Achieves AOAC Performance Tested Certification

This week CERTUS announced that it achieved AOAC Performance Tested certification for its rapid pathogen detection platform, the CERTUS System. The system uses SERS nanoparticle technology and real-time detection to provide users with faster results versus sending the samples to a third-party via mail.

AOAC validation gives small-to-mid size processing facilities an assurance on the reliability and efficiency of CERTUS’s in-house environmental Listeria monitoring process, according to CERTUS.. The company’s system has been certified for use on stainless steel, concrete, plastic and ceramic surfaces. The CERTUS system provides 98% accuracy by targeting organisms without destroying them and reducing the effect of substances commonly found in environmental food samples on assay results.

“We’re extremely proud and put tremendous value on achieving AOAC certification within two years of beginning our journey to help protect food production beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said CERTUS President John Coomes in a press release. “Recognition by AOAC, coupled with our robust R&D team and strong financial backing, demonstrates that we are moving quickly to bring unmatched, precise solutions to food processors across the industry.”

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ABC 7 News (MySuncoast) 10-23-18

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CERTUS System for Rapid Pathogen Detection Receives AOAC Performance Tested℠ Certification

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 23, 2018–CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, announces that its CERTUS System for accurate and rapid pathogen detection has achieved AOAC Performance Tested℠ certification (101802). As a result of rigorous validation studies required to achieve certification, AOAC validation provides small- to mid-sized food processing plants further assurance on the reliability and efficiency of CERTUS’s in-house environmental Listeria monitoring process, a simple, safe, and cost-effective way to deliver swab-to-result pathogen detection.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181023005477/en/

The CERTUS System for accurate and rapid pathogen detection has achieved AOAC Performance Tested℠ certification (101802). (Photo: Business Wire)

Utilizing SERS nanoparticle technology, the CERTUS System features real-time detection which empowers food processors with the timely information they need to keep their products moving and protect their brand from a recall. The CERTUS System’s powerful combination of in-house capability coupled with real-time detection means producers have test results in-hand in less time than it takes for a third-party lab to receive samples by mail.

“We’re extremely proud and put tremendous value on achieving AOAC certification within two years of beginning our journey to help protect food production beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said CERTUS President John Coomes. “Recognition by AOAC, coupled with our robust R&D team and strong financial backing, demonstrates that we are moving quickly to bring unmatched, precise solutions to food processors across the industry.”

Unique amongst in-house pathogen monitoring systems, AOAC has certified the CERTUS System for use on four environmental surfaces that include stainless steel, concrete, plastic, and ceramics. The CERTUS System also holds the particular ability to detect target organisms without destroying them, while dramatically reducing the impact of interfering substances commonly found in environmental food samples on assay results, leading to a 98% accuracy.

With a limited number of CERTUS Systems now available, food processors interested in learning how to integrate the CERTUS System into their facility can schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation by visiting certusfoodsafety.com/consultation.

ABOUT CERTUS™

CERTUS changes the way food safety testing is done and helps reduce food-borne illness with a rapid pathogen detection system that is Simple, Safe, and Smart. CERTUS integrates historically embraced values into future technology, bringing 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.

Press Release 10.23.18

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CERTUS System for Rapid Pathogen Detection Receives AOAC Performance Tested℠ Certification

Validation of Same-Shift “Swab-to-Result” Technology Continues Market Momentum, Providing Food Processors with a Superior Alternative to Third-Party Testing

CHICAGO – October 23, 2018 – CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, announces that its CERTUS System for accurate and rapid pathogen detection has achieved AOAC Performance TestedSM certification (101802). As a result of rigorous validation studies required to achieve certification, AOAC validation provides small to mid-sized food processing plants further assurance on the reliability and efficiency of CERTUS’s in-house environmental Listeria monitoring process; a simple, safe and cost-effective way to deliver swab-to-result pathogen detection.

Utilizing SERS nanoparticle technology, the CERTUS System features real-time detection which empowers food processors with the timely information they need to keep their products moving and protect their brand from a recall. The CERTUS System’s powerful combination of in-house capability coupled with real-time detection means producers have test results in-hand in less time than it takes for a third-party lab to receive samples by mail.

“We’re extremely proud and put tremendous value on achieving AOAC certification within two years of beginning our journey to help protect food production beyond a shadow of a doubt,” said CERTUS president, John Coomes. “Recognition by AOAC, coupled with our robust R&D team and strong financial backing, demonstrates that we are moving quickly to bring unmatched, precise solutions to food processors across the industry.”

Unique amongst in-house pathogen monitoring systems, AOAC has certified the CERTUS System for use on four environmental surfaces that include stainless steel, concrete, plastic, and ceramics. The CERTUS System also holds the particular ability to detect target organisms without destroying them, while dramatically reducing the impact of interfering substances commonly found in environmental food samples on assay results, leading to a 98% accuracy.

With a limited number of CERTUS Systems now available, food processors interested in learning how to integrate the CERTUS System into their facility can schedule a complimentary, in-person consultation by visiting certusfoodsafety.com/consultation.

ABOUT CERTUS™

CERTUS changes the way food safety testing is done and helps reduce food-borne illness with a rapid pathogen detection system that is Simple, Safe and Smart. CERTUS integrates historically embraced values into future technology bringing 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.

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CERTUS System for Rapid Pathogen Detection Receives AOAC Performance Tested℠ Certification

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The AOAC Research Institute hereby certifies the performance of the test kit known as: CERTUS™ Environmental Listeria species Detection Kit manufactured by CERTUS.

This method has been evaluated in the AOAC Performance Tested Methods Program, and found to perform as stated by the manufacturer contingent to the comments contained in the manuscript. This certificate means that an AOAC Certification Mark License Agreement has been executed which authorizes the manufacturer to display the AOAC Performance Tested SM certification mark along with the statement ‐ “THIS METHOD’S PERFORMANCE WAS REVIEWED BY AOAC RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND WAS FOUND TO PERFORM TO THE MANUFACTURER’S SPECIFICATIONS” ‐ on the above mentioned method for a period of one calendar year from the date of this certificate (October 16, 2018 – December 31, 2019).

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The National Provisioner 10-8-18

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CERTUS adds Kevin Kahn to the arsenal in pathogen fight

Kevin Kahn has joined the growing CERTUS operation as the latest Technical Account Manager bringing industry experience and hands on knowledge of food plant quality control initiatives. Kahn began his career as an Inside Sales Representative with Thermo Fisher Scientific. During his tenure, he gained extensive experience with government and regulatory agencies, third-party contract testing laboratories, as well as large-scale food manufacturers, where he became familiar with traditional and molecular pathogen detection solutions.

“Before joining CERTUS, Kahn ‘s can do approach made him the “go-to” for any technical expertise regarding pathogen detection,” the company said in a release. “Based out of Denver, Colorado, Kahn joins the CERTUS team with enthusiasm to help small and medium-sized food producers leverage sophisticated Environmental Monitoring, in-house with the CERTUS System. With AOAC validation right around the corner, Kahn is a great addition to the team at the right time. CERTUS continues to evolve into a globally recognized leader in Environmental Pathogen Monitoring excellence!”

For more information visit www.certusfoodsafety.com.

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open PR 9-7-18

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Food Pathogen Testing Market Research by Leading Players

Press release from: Global Market Insights, Inc.

This comprehensive Global food pathogen testing market research report includes a brief on these trends that can help the businesses operating in the industry to understand the market and strategize for their business expansion accordingly. The food pathogen testing market research report analyzes the market size, industry share, growth, key segments, CAGR and key drivers.

Food Pathogen Testing Market size will cross USD 5.5 Billion by 2024; according to a new research report by Global Market Insights, Inc.

Necessity to ensure health & safety along with increasing consumer awareness has enhanced the food pathogen testing market growth. Growth in global processed meat & dairy industry along with increasing vegetables consumption will drive the industry demand.

Stringent safety norms by FDA, FAO and EU have enhanced the product demand. Government support along with rising influence of media reports on diseases caused due to contaminants are the key factors supporting food pathogen testing market size. The commercialization matrix of Food Pathogen Testing Market has witnessed a remarkable surge in recent years, augmented by the stringency in food regulations implemented by renowned organizations like FDA, FAO, and EU. Food giants are continuously brainstorming new manufacturing facilities that can quickly and efficiently detect the presence of pathogens in food. With the increasing consumer awareness with reference to food safety and hygiene, food processors and testing laboratories are shifting their focus toward the deployment of high performance and effective food pathogen testing technologies – a fact that would considerably impel food pathogen testing industry outlook in the ensuing year

Prominent players in market such as 3M and Certus are continuously developing robust and innovative food safety solutions for the F&B sector, the rising prominence of which would help boost this business space. As per analysts, the robustly expanding food industry is likely to stimulate food pathogen testing market size, which was pegged at a valuation of USD 3 billion in 2016.

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Food Quality & Safety 8-9-18

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Same-Shift Listeria Results

CERTUS, Chicago, Ill., expects to make commercially available on Sept. 15, 2018 a new in-house pathogen testing system that offers real-time detection and same shift results. To start, the CERTUS System is focusing on environmental Listeria detection, according to John Coomes, company president.

“The CERTUS System utilizes surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy nanoparticle technology,” Coomes relates. “As part of its path to AOAC validation, which is expected in August this year, the CERTUS System recently underwent an intensive battery of performance-based tests proving detection of Listeria species at 104 colony forming units (CFUs) during a standard eight-hour work shift. Results also show that 1 CFU of Listeria monocytogenes can be detected in as little as 18 hours from swab to result.”

Coomes says tests demonstrate the CERTUS System’s ability to detect Listeria in produce wash samples known to have high bioburden. “With a range of matrices that include stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, and concrete sample sites, the CERTUS system provides 98 percent accuracy, which is equivalent to other commercial pathogen detection systems that are much more complex, have longer prep times and require expensive laboratories and technicians,” he points out. “Moreover, inclusivity and exclusivity test results have demonstrated that all challenging strains of Listeria are accurately detected with the CERTUS System, and interfering bacteria are
excluded from results.”

The CERTUS System is comprised of a detection unit, consumable detection kits featuring trademarked Bio-Lock sampling swabs, and the control pad. “The CERTUS control pad includes complimentary facility management software that enables plant test scheduling, test site result mapping, instant notifications, and remediation management, while automatically recording critical data points that support Food Safety Modernization Act compliance and storing data for instant access to reporting,” Coomes notes.

Coomes believes a major benefit of the CERTUS System’s combination of in-house capability and real-time detection is that food processors can have test results in-hand in less time than it takes for a third-party lab to receive samples by mail.

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