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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.

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 & Drink Processing & Packaging 11-14-18

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CERTUS’s In-house Food Pathogen Detection System Delivers Multiple Benefits for Food Processors

Food processors now have a simple, safe, and smart solution for detecting pathogens in their facilities. The revolutionary new CERTUS System is an in-house pathogen detection system that provides cost savings, streamlined environmental monitoring, and the ability to strengthen quality control measures with ease. This AOAC-certified system is changing the way food processors do business.

COST SAVINGS

The CERTUS System makes it possible for food processors to bring pathogen testing in-house, thus reducing dependence on third-party labs. With CERTUS’s in-house testing, food processors will not only see a drastic reduction in shipping costs associated with outsourced testing, but they’ll also discover reduced labor costs as a result of the simple, three-step workflow that anyone in the facility can perform with minimal training. Additionally, hands-on technician time is merely minutes per sample.

When it comes to managing the pathogen environmental monitoring program, CERTUS makes it easy with complimentary facility management software. CERTUS’s software simplifies day-to-day environmental monitoring, reduces labor-intensive repetitive tasks and reduces errors with automated scheduling, data collection, and reporting.

STREAMLINED AND EFFICIENT

With the CERTUS System in place, food processors have the critical information they need to keep their products moving,  protecting their brand from a recall. Employing an immunoassay with Surface Enhanced Raman detection technology, the CERTUS System provides test results in as little as eight hours. Eliminating the need to send all samples to a third party lab, food processors enjoy increased productivity due to having test results in-hand days sooner with the CERTUS System.

QUALITY CONTROL

The CERTUS System puts you in control of every aspect of your facility’s environmental monitoring program. This elevated level of quality control affords plant managers the ability to test additional areas as needed, address concerns before they become issues, and maintain peak production and efficiency. To ensure that proper protocols are being followed every step of the way, the CERTUS System generates step-by-step workflow directions, schedules, corrective action plans, alerts, and regulatory-compliant reports.

By providing streamlined operational flow, enhanced quality control, and substantial cost savings, the CERTUS System is a simple, safe and smart solution for food producers looking to improve their environmental monitoring program.

The CERTUS System is now available in a limited supply basis with full market availability in Q1 2019. To learn more about this industry-changing product and to schedule a live web demo, visit https://certusfoodsafety.com/

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.