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Environmental Pathogen Monitoring - Introduction Guide

#1 - How Healthy is Your Food Factory

January 31, 2024

Environmental Pathogen Monitoring Series

“Prevention is better than cure” is a basic principle which seems rather simple to follow. And yet, as Jack Van der Sanden points out, it is probably easier said than done.

Whether it is for a simple health check-up or for plant health routine, procrastination or budget cut very often prevent us from putting prevention first.

At bioMérieux, the implementation of preventive food safety control programs within food factories is one of our priorities. In these companies, annual budget challenge often undermines an already poorly organized plant environmental health surveillance program.

Let Jack explain to us how a strict routine of plant health checks would detect anomalies more quickly and avoid many problems.





International Food Safety Advisor

Jack van der Sanden is an international food safety advisor. He has been part of the global food industry for over 30 years.

After obtaining a food technology degree in The Netherlands, Jack joined the food industry as production supervisor. He migrated to New Zealand in 1990, where he obtained a post-graduate diploma in dairy science and technology at Massey University.

Over the years, he rose through the ranks and ended-up managing production, technical and food safety & quality teams. This cross-functional exposure enabled him to find pragmatic solutions, that strengthened food safety and quality systems in different multinational organizations.

During his career, he has not only advised small and medium-sized businesses in the food industry in New Zealand, but has also managed international consultancy projects in the United States, Europe and China. His expertise has opened many doors for him, from leading training in food safety and quality to mentoring many professionals in the food industry around the world.

During the last 10 years, he has specialised in Environmental Pathogen Management (EPM) and advised food industries in the design of pre-ventive and effective EPM programs.