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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.

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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.

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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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The National Provisioner 7-26-18

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CERTUS raises the bar with same-shift “swab-to-result” in as little as 8 hours

CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, introduce same-shift results with their revolutionary new in-house pathogen testing system. The CERTUS System provides food producers with a superior alternative to third-party testing, delivering swab-to-result in as little as eight hours. Backed by a comprehensive series of tests and assay optimizations, the rapid performing CERTUS System was displayed at the International Association of Food Protection July 8-11, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah (booth #301) with demonstrations every 30 minutes.

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. By reducing dependence on postage, the CERTUS System eliminates delays and costs associated with mailing samples – including cold pack and hazardous material shipping fees. Small and mid-size producers now gain a significant edge with CERTUS. Instead of paying high rates associated with low-test volumes, the CERTUS System opens the door to a robust and economical way to take control while others are waiting for results.

“The CERTUS System allows you to save money, save time and save your reputation,” said CERTUS president, John Coomes. “With in-house same-shift detection, food producers can enhance their quality control measures and establish their reputation as a trustworthy supplier.”

As part of its path to AOAC validation, the CERTUS System recently underwent an intensive battery of performance-based tests proving detection of Listeria species at 10cfu during a standard work shift. Results also show that one cfu of Listeria monocytogenes can be detected in as little as 18 hours from swab to result. In addition, tests clearly demonstrate the ability to detect Listeria in produce wash samples known to have high bioburden. With a range of matrices that includes stainless steel, ceramic, plastic, and concrete sample sites, the CERTUS system provides 98% accuracy, which is equivalent to top competitors.

“While assay optimization is ongoing, this level of accuracy places CERTUS head-to-head with the top rapid pathogen detection systems currently on the market that are much more complex, have longer prep times and require expensive laboratories and technicians,” said Coomes.

The all in-house CERTUS System is comprised of the Detection Unit, consumable Detection Kits featuring 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 FSMA compliance and storing data for instant access to reporting.

For more information on the CERTUS System, visit www.CertusFoodSafety.com to request a live-web demo.

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The Packer 6-29-18

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Certus system allows in-house testing with fast results

Certus offers a new system for detecting listeria and other pathogens at packinghouses and other areas in the supply chain.
( Courtesy Certus )

Food safety technology company Certus has introduced a rapid response in-house pathogen testing system.

Certus System, referred to the company as a same-shift (within eight hours) result solution, gives companies the ability to test products themselves instead of through a third-party lab.

“The Certus System allows you to save money, save time and save your reputation,” John Coomes, Certus president, said in the release. “With in-house same-shift detection, food producers can enhance their quality control measures and establish their reputation as a trustworthy supplier.”

The system recently underwent a validation process testing its ability to detect listeria strains during a standard work shift, according to the news release. The evaluation included testing on stainless steel, plastic, ceramic and other surfaces, with a 98% accuracy, according to the release.

The system includes facility management software that allows test site result mapping, and automatically records critical data points that show Food Safety Modernization Act compliance.

The company will be demonstrating the Certus System at the International Association of Food Protection July 8-11 in Salt Lake City.

 

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KFM BFM Radio 5-8-18

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CERTUS Debuts Innovative In-House Pathogen Detection System at 20th Annual Food Safety Summit in Chicago

By Staff

CHICAGO, May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, will hold its first official public debut of the CERTUS System at the 20th Annual Food Safety Summit, May 8-10, 2018, being held at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Summit attendees, especially food processors, are invited to visit the CERTUS booth (#735) for live demonstrations of the CERTUS System and meet with the company’s newly appointed Director of Sales, William Melnyczenko, who joined the Chicago-based company in April 2018.

Based on SERS nanoparticle technology, the CERTUS System is a fully-functional, entirely in-house system, enabling food producers to independently develop and manage pathogen environmental monitoring programs without the need for outsourced testing, complex training or expensive lab facilities. The CERTUS System is on track for market availability in July 2018.

CERTUS will demonstrate its simple 3 step workflow, Sample, Test, Result, which features the patent pending Bio-LockTM Sampling Swab that prevents cross contamination, and the Detection Unit, all managed by the intuitive “Control Pad” wireless user interface.  In 24 hours or less, food processors and labs of all sizes will have accurate results with integrated FSMA compliance enabling analytics all in one, all in house with the CERTUS System.

“A simpler, safer and smarter alternative is finally here for small and medium sized food producers,” said John Coomes, President of CERTUS. “We are especially proud to bring Will Melnyczenko to the team and to our customers. Will brings focused industry experience, market leadership and a track record of doing what it takes to help customers protect food and major brands across the country.”

Melnyczenko, formerly a key account manager with Merieux NutriSciences, is commissioned to lead CERTUS’s U.S. and global sales efforts as the new Director of Sales. He joins CERTUS with nearly a decade of industry experience.

For more information on the CERTUS System, stop by our FSS booth (#735) or visit certusfoodsafety.com.

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.  Founded in 1819 in Nagoya, Japan, Toho Technology is a privately-held company with significant expertise in precision instrumentation. 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 certusfoodsafety.com or call us at 872-810-4123.

Media Contact: Candace Taylor
candace.taylor@certusfoodsafety.com

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Food Safety Magazine 5-8-18

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CERTUS Debuts Innovative In-House Pathogen Detection System at 20th Annual Food Safety Summit

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CERTUS, innovators in food safety technologies, will hold its first official public debut of the CERTUS System at the 20th Annual Food Safety Summit, May 8-10, 2018, being held at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Summit attendees, especially food processors, are invited to visit the CERTUS booth (#735) for live demonstrations of the CERTUS System and meet with the company’s newly appointed director of sales, William Melnyczenko, who joined the Chicago-based company in April 2018.

Based on SERS nanoparticle technology, the CERTUS System is a fully-functional, entirely in-house system, enabling food producers to independently develop and manage pathogen environmental monitoring programs without the need for outsourced testing, complex training or expensive lab facilities. The CERTUS System is on track for market availability in July 2018.

CERTUS will demonstrate its simple three-step workflow (sample, test, result) which features the patent-pending Bio-LockTM Sampling Swab that prevents cross-contamination, and the Detection Unit, all managed by the intuitive “Control Pad” wireless user interface.  In 24 hours or less, food processors and labs of all sizes will have accurate results with integrated FSMA compliance enabling analytics all in one, all in-house with the CERTUS System.

“A simpler, safer and smarter alternative is finally here for small and medium-sized food producers,” says John Coomes, president of CERTUS. We are especially proud to bring Will Melnyczenko to the team and to our customers.  Will brings focused industry experience, market leadership, and a track record of doing what it takes to help customers protect food and major brands across the country.”

Melnyczenko, formerly a key account manager with Merieux NutriSciences, is commissioned to lead CERTUS’s U.S. and global sales efforts as the new Director of Sales. He joins CERTUS with nearly a decade of industry experience.

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Asia Food Journal 3-9-18

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Fully in-house pathogen detecting system from CERTUS for food processing plants

“Being part of the Toho Technology family provides us with a myriad of technological and commercial benefits to ensure our products exceed the market’s expectations for precision and accuracy,” said CERTUS Director of Product Development, Dr. John Bodner. “Not only does Toho provide significant expertise in the manufacture of precision instrumentation, they also provide CERTUS with the solid infrastructure and financial backing needed to bring this level of innovation to our customers.”

In addition to partnering with Toho, CERTUS works with United Kingdom-based Solus Scientific for assay development. “One of the reasons we chose to partner with Solus is because of their efficient research and development track record on bringing to market a range of assays in the area of food safety testing,” continued Bodner.

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