May 9th, 2017 — Tour of Eurofins Lancaster Testing Facility
What happens to all those samples that get sent out for testing? Please join us for a tour of Eurofins Food Micro and Special Projects lab in Lancaster, PA.
The lab tour will demonstrate the journey each sample takes, from arrival through results and reporting. See for yourself how samples are handled upon arrival, logged into our LIMS system, stored until testing begins, processed through the lab, incubated and reported. Visitors will see how pathogens are handled in a food lab environment and leave with a better understanding of what technicians look for when doing a filth analysis
Along the way there will be plenty of time for questions and answers and an opportunity to experience a fully “moveable” lab. The tour will conclude with a walk through our friendly client services department, a critical component of the quality process.
After the tour, we will have a few short presentations:
- Kim Knoll, Business Development Manager for Eurofins Food Safety Systems, will present on GFSI Certification. Many retailers and food companies are requiring their supply chain to become certified to a GFSI recognized scheme. Listen to Kim explain the certification process and learn about the different GFSI recognized schemes, the significant benefits to achieving certification, and common non-conformances found during certification audits. If you are being asked to become certified or if you want to learn more about GFSI, this presentation provides a summary of the process and tips for success.
- Bill Centrella, Special Projects Manager for Eurofins Microbiology Laboratories, will present on the different types of non-standard analyses performed in the Special Projects facility. Bill will outline the different styles of project , including method validation, pathogen control validations, shelf life studies, antimicrobial effectiveness studies, and potentially hazardous product determinations. Bill will also go over the process for implementing and performing a Special Project with Eurofins.
- George Argiriou, Regional Sales, will present on some of the emerging pathogens. George will present general information on reported Food Borne Illness Cases, as well as cover well-known and emerging pathogens. There will be a brief summary on recalls that have occurred in the last few years. The presentation will end with a description on food environments and hazards of concern.
The agenda is as follows:
3:30 – 3:45 — Arrive at Eurofins (2425 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17605)
4:00 – 5:00 — Tour of facility
5:00 – 6:00 — Presentations
6:30 — Dinner will be at Funck’s Restaurant (directly across the street from Eurofins)
Cost for Dinner will be $65 ($35 for students). Please RSVP by May 5th by clicking on this link: https://form.jotform.us/71065317495156
Mark your Calendars. The 21st Annual Golf Outing to benefit the American Cancer Association, will be held on May 31st, at the Honeybrook Golf club. More information can be found on the golf outing page.