Smithfield Foods automates environmental monitoring program


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Smithfield Foods is using Sample6 Control software to automate its Listeria environmental monitoring program.


They are using it in 12 plants with plans to roll it out to 14 additional sites . 


The consumer packaged meats company had been using excel and paper-based processes.


Sample6 Control allows automatic notifications of positive test results, the ability to see data history and corrective action tracking when there’s a positive that needs to be addressed.


Smithfield has been testing for environmental Listeria in its plants for decades. When the company began working with Sample6 in September 2015, one of its three divisions included 12 facilities manufacturing ready-to-eat (RTE) products.


The environmental monitoring program involved managing data between multiple departments, from the plant QA professionals and corporate safety directors to the VP of food safety.


Making use of the data


With 1,600 weekly test samples being tracked using manual spreadsheets by two food safety directors, managing this had become complex, labor-intensive and time-consuming and the company was in need of help to track test samples, results, remediation and corrective actions...