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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.

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.

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

Food Safety Magazine 5-8-18

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

By Staff

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.

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.

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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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Manufacturing Chemist 2-16-18

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Certus starts manufacture of novel in-house pathogen detection system

New Certus System Detection Unit is designed to bring small and mid-sized food processing plants one step closer to a fast, easy and cost-effective way to detect pathogens.

The Certus System Detection Unit is an entirely in-house system, enabling food producers to perform environmental monitoring without the need for outsourced testing. The system is based on SERS nanoparticle technology made available through an exclusive license agreement with global medical technology organisation, Becton, Dickinson & Company.

With the commencement of manufacturing, the Certus System Detection Unit is on track for market availability in June 2018.

Manufacturing of the Detection Unit is being carried out at Certus’ parent company and precision manufacturer Toho Technology.

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 a well-established global market presence in optical instrumentation in the fields of semiconductor, flat panel display and process engineering, Certus leverages the Toho team and talent to advance from R&D into full scale commercial production.

“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 UK-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,” said Bodner.

The Certus Listeria El assay was developed in collaboration with Solus in 2017, while the environmental Salmonella assay is currently under development and expected to be available for use in the Certus System in Q4 of this year.

“Through BD’s exclusive license to Certus and our strategic partnerships with Toho and Solus, we can ensure best-in-class products for our clients, with the end goal of removing the most harmful pathogens from the food system,” said Bodner.

The Certus System will be commercially available in June 2018 and will feature a simple workflow, Bio-Lock safety components and real-time monitoring for rapid results.

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