Chestnut Labs can assist in developing an pathogen environmental monitoring program. Control of pathogenic microorganisms in the manufacturing environment is a key component to the overall Food Safety Program. As regulatory requirements continue to become more stringent, it is imperative to prove that you have a robust program that is being followed. Chestnut Labs can assist you with evaluating your current program or with development of a new program. Development of a Plant PEM program includes: Conducting an environmental Risk Assessment to determine risk areas, niche point, evaluate traffic patterns and evaluate process flows. Assistance with the creation of plant maps and the required identification of key elements. Conducting a Hygienic Zone Assessment in order to ensure production areas are properly zoned. Sample site determination based on risk. Determination of the proper sampling frequency for each location. Evaluation of proper sampling materials based on sites. Training on how to properly collect an environmental sample (drains, walls, floors, liquids vs. dry samples, etc.) Proper sample submission to the laboratory for testing. Evaluation of the right testing technology for your application (ex. PCR vs. ELISA) Development of Corrective Action Documentation. Development of SOP's and Group Training Sessions on your PEM program.