About Joe Meyer

In October 2010, Joe Meyer joined the Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety business unit within Covance as Director of Microbiology. Joe is responsible for providing scientific and technical leadership in the areas of food microbiology and food safety for Covance. He helps ensure that the food testing laboratories are harmonized in their scientific and technical approach to testing and helps identify opportunities for Nutritional Chemistry and Food Safety to expand their capabilities. Joe has over 20 years of food industry experience. He worked for Kellogg, ConAgra Foods and Kraft Foods prior to joining Covance. Much of his career has been spent on the control of foodborne pathogens in the manufacturing plant environment, rapid methods for identification and genetic characterization foodborne pathogens, and continuous improvement of food safety systems such as Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). He’s also had experience in quality management and scientific and regulatory affairs. Joe continues to be involved with several trade association committees and advisory boards. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI, and is a member of the International Association for Food Protection, the American Society for Microbiology, the Institute of Food Technologists, and the American Public Health Association.

The Growing “Need for Speed” in Food Pathogen Testing

102050_AB Still C1091It seems every few months there’s another announcement about a new rapid method to test for pathogens. These developments have food manufacturers talking, but why the growing need for speed when it comes to food pathogen testing? And how do you know which method is right for you?

Faster answers, minimizing impact

The benefits of rapid testing are most obvious when you consider the investigation of a food-borne illness outbreak caused by a pathogen such as Listeria monocytogenes, E.coli  O157:H7 or Salmonella. These methods allow investigators to quickly link case strains and screen more samples. They also can accelerate root cause investigations so manufacturers can get to a resolution more quickly. Continue reading