The dairy processing industry is under constant pressure to improve its food safety systems. This pressure stems from improvements in public health surveillance (such as the expanded use of whole-genome sequencing) and a ramping-up of food safety requirements from regulators, further processing customers and consumers.
Manufacturing safe, wholesome products is perhaps the most important aspect of any dairy foods business, especially when it comes to consumer confidence. Therefore, as an industry, we are always looking for ways to improve our products and maintain the most robust food safety protocols possible.
The importance of environmental swabbing in dairy operations cannot be overstated. Some reasons are rather obvious, while others may not be so. But the responsibility falls on all food and beverage manufacturing companies to ensure that public safety, health and trust are not compromised in any way.