Corvium Inc., a food risk intelligence provider, and Cherney Microbiological Services, an accredited food testing laboratory and proficiency program provider, have partnered to enable diagnostic results to be automatically delivered through Control-Pro, Corvium's environmental monitoring platform. The platform helps global brands and independent food suppliers improve food safety and regulatory compliance performance through proactive environmental monitoring, while reducing the fatigue associated with audit preparation, the company said. In an industry where organizations want to meet and exceed government and industry standards, passing audits are not enough to minimize risk and there is a need to continually collect and compare data to flag any pathogens and other microbiological issues that may pose a threat.
Through this partnership, customers are enabled to investigate their testing data from Cherney in Corvium's analytics platform, allowing food companies to perform root-cause analysis and trending to determine and compare how their facilities are executing their food safety policies. Customers are then able to quickly remediate any issues that may be discovered.
The partnership also will help Cherney customers aggregate their data to identify trends occurring within their food safety programs, the company said, adding that this intelligence allows customers to gain a greater understanding of what these lab test results represent on a larger scale rather than just looking at the results per daily, weekly, or monthly spreadsheets.
As customers execute their sampling program, Corvium's Control-Pro software automates the creation of testing schedules and provides a visualization layer for seeing the actual test points, their status, and alerts on an interactive floor plan display. As schedules are completed and samples are sent to Cherney's labs for testing, Corvium automatically transmits a data file containing all information pertaining to each sample. Cherney's diagnostic results are then fed digitally and directly back to Control-Pro, enabling customers to instantly see where issues may exist, and automatically launches corrective actions targeted to the test points in question, the company explained.
"At Cherney, we have a passion for food safety and helping our customers understand what is occurring within their food production environments," said Cherney COO Steve Kuchenberg. "As our customers look for ways to utilize their data, partnering with Corvium allows us to deliver results using the Control platform. This not only helps customers remediate any issues more quickly, but also to leverage their own data to make informed environmental and business decisions."
"We have enjoyed our relationship with Cherney Microbiological Services for several years as we have supported our mutual customers' food safety programs," said Corvium CSO David Hatch. "This partnership will further enhance the speed and accuracy of our customers' testing programs, as well as reduce the time-consuming work involved with preparing for audits and reacting to inspections. We look forward to extending our relationship with Cherney and ultimately enabling customers to gain greater actionability from their diagnostic data."