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New research shows California coronavirus variant is more transmissible – Washington Post

A study that our research team published with scientists from the University of Washington is featured in this Washington Post article.

Will Daniels: Humanizing Food Safety – Food Safety Matters

In this episode of Food Safety Matters Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH, discusses “the human side of food safety as part of public health, reestablishing a relationship with the consumer, reliving the 2006 spinach outbreak, educating and engaging your workforce, engaging senior management in food safety, how to counter complacency in your food safety…
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Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 contamination on food plant surfaces as determined by environmental monitoring

Covid-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2 corona virus, has disrupted life on earth, causing a pandemic that has resulted in millions of infections and deaths. During the early phase of the pandemic there were large scale outbreaks in food production plants. In March of 2020 we helped to implement infection control strategies in 116 food production plants…
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Make Food Safety Consumer-Focused

Food Safety Summit 2020 featured Will Daniels with a keynote presentation titled “Back to Basics: Consumer-Focused Food Safety.” 

2020’s Food Safety Summit gets underway virtually today – Food Safety News

“Keynote — “Back to Basics: Consumer-Focused Food Safety” — Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group will discuss how COVID 19 has changed the world. In the wake of this pandemic, food manufacturers have stood up to the challenge of performing as an essential business and have shown the…
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Backlogs At Smoke Testing Labs Force Washington Wineries To Get Creative – Forbes

As wine regions around the world face the immediate effects of devastating fires, the threat of smoke exposure is of concern. Wildfires and controlled burns generate smoke particulates that could be taken up by the berries and leaves of grapes in nearby vineyards. While the chemical composition of smoke from wood pyrolysis is rather complex,…
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IEH Announces Acquisition of Brooks Applied Labs

Brooks Applied Laboratories brings extensive capabilities in trace metals and metals speciation to IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group. Toxicological and nutritional properties of a chemical element critically depend on the form in which it occurs in food. Some elements are an essential part of a healthy diet, but others, such as lead, mercury, arsenic  and…
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Is More Cleaning Removing Coronavirus From the Subway? Inside Edition Sent 32 Swabs for Testing to Find Out – Inside Edition

IEH tested environmental samples for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 for this Inside Edition story.

COVID-19 Update: Testing Food Industry Personnel & Environmental Monitoring – IEH Client Webinar

IEH is actively working with clients to provide solutions to help respond to the current crisis. Please join members of the IEH leadership team for a webinar featuring updates on COVID-19, a detailed discussion of personnel testing, and how to effectively monitor food facilities to mitigate risk and reduce business impact, enhance employee confidence, and…
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IEH Announces Acquisition of Nautilus Environmental

Nautilus Environmental Company, Inc. is a Canadian-based biological testing, research, and consulting company that performs environmental toxicological and microbiological tests that are required for regulatory compliance, as well as performing applied research to address specific project needs. The company operates laboratories in Burnaby, BC and Calgary, AB.

COVID-19: Maintaining Operations in a Pandemic World – IEH Client Webinar

The food industry is vital to the well-being of the nation, and we must maintain our food supply during this pandemic. IEH is actively working with clients to provide solutions to help respond to the current crisis.  Please join members of the IEH leadership team for a special client webinar to discuss COVID-19 response guidelines…
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Molecular Epidemiology (a subsidiary of IEH) Receives CLIA Certification to Perform COVID-19 Clinical Testing

MEI (dba IEH Labs) Received CLIA Certification to perform COVID-19 Clinical Testing. For more information regarding our SARS CoV-2 Personnel Testing, please click here.

IEH Announces Acquisition of Focus Works

Focus Works is an award-winning, automation technology company based in New York serving the food industry. Automation is the future for batch control, lot tracking, food safety and regulatory compliance. Focus Works delivers essential automation services to food producers as well as  comprehensive and specialized automations for larger customers. Their customers include many well known…
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COVID-19: Practical Response Guidelines for the Food Industry – IEH Client Webinar

We are facing an unprecedented challenge with COVID-19 and how it will impact the food industry. The food industry is vital to the well-being of the nation, and we must maintain our food supply during this pandemic. IEH has worked with industry as well as  federal, state, and local health agencies in responding to crises…
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Tips for Cooking Your Ground Beef Safely – Inside Edition

IEH tested supermarket ground beef samples for the presence of E. coli, Listeria and Salmonella for this Inside Edition story.

Are CBD Customers Really Getting What They Pay For? – Inside Edition

“CBD seems to be everywhere. It can be found in all kinds of everyday products, from lotions to supplements, as well as dog food. CBD, or cannabidiol, is found in cannabis plants. It doesn’t give the user a high, but it’s being marketed to relieve all kinds of ailments. The CBD products sold often indicate on…
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IEH and JLA hosted the annual Peanut and Tree Nut Food Safety Summit

List of presenters included: Dr. Jack Davis, Dr. Mansour Samadpour, Rashida Hassan, Dr. Darlene Cowart, Dr. Brian Vickery, Dr. Foy Mills, David DeShazo, Merle Jacobs, Dr. Sergio Sanchez, and Dr. Don Zink.

Researchers confirm pathogens in raw wheat, urge cautious use of raw flour – Food Safety News

“Research data published this month in the Journal of Food Protection by a team of researchers from ConAgra Inc., WhiteWave Foods Co., and the third-party IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group documents dozens of kinds of bacteria in raw wheat, including many strains of E. coli and Salmonella…“This is a complicated issue. In the absence of FDA dictating…
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Live from the Food Safety Summit – Food Safety Matters

Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH, discusses emerging themes from the Food Safety Summit, including whole genome sequencing and blockchain technology. 

IEH Consultants Present at Institute for Thermal Processing Specialists (IFTPS) Conference

February 26th: Dr. John Larkin, Vice President of the IEH Food Process Engineering & Food Defense Division will be presenting “A Risk Analysis to Establish the Lethality Target for a Novel Aseptic Filler.” February 28th: Dr. Don Zink, President of the IEH Foods & Regulatory Compliance Division will be presenting “Can Seam Integrity and Food Safety…
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South Africa listeriosis outbreak victims v. Tiger Brands about to get speedy trial – Food Safety News

Dr. Mansour Samadpour, the CEO of IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group will serve as a technical expert in this court case. 

IAFP 2018: USDA FSIS and More! – Food Safety Matters

Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH, was interviewed about the romaine lettuce outbreak that originated in Yuma, Arizona, the connection between the animal world and the produce world, reducing microbial shedding events, community relations and food safety, lessons learned from the Earthbound Farms spinach outbreak, and how to communicate risk within an organization, and publicly.

Secretary Perdue Appoints New Members to National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods – USDA

Dr. Mohammad Koohmaraie, president of the IEH meat division, was reappointed to his position on the USDA National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF). 

Evaluation of Roka Atlas Salmonella method for the detection of Salmonella in egg products in comparison with culture method, real-time PCR and isothermal amplification assays – Food Control Journal

Hu L et al. found that the ribosomal RNA based Roka Atlas Assay displays higher sensitivity for detection of Salmonella than PCR and isothermal amplification-based assays, as well as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) culture method. 

Dream team ready to help South African listeriosis victims – Food Safety News

Dr. Mansour Samadpour, the CEO of IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group will serve as a technical expert in this court case.

Food Safety Matters Podcast Interviews Fresh Produce Expert Will Daniels – Food Safety Magazine

Will Daniels, president of the produce division at IEH, was interviewed about “how Earthbound Farm responded to a deadly E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to fresh spinach, the complexities and challenges of the supply chain, balancing food safety needs with marketing objectives, the importance of education along every point of the supply chain, low product pricing and its effect…
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IEH acquires all assets related to the Sample6 Pathogen DETECT platform

WOBURN, MA and SEATTLE, WA, November 14, 2017 –Sample6 and IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group (IEH) jointly announced today that IEH is acquiring all assets related to the Sample6 DETECT platform. This divestment allows Sample6 to focus exclusively on its groundbreaking and highly-regarded CONTROL food safety software. Sample6 aims to continue to develop the CONTROL…
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Roka Bioscience, Inc. Agrees to Sell its Assets to Subsidiary of Institute for Environmental Health, Inc

Roka Bioscience, Inc. Agrees to Sell its Assets to Subsidiary of Institute for Environmental Health, Inc. Warren, NJ – August 17, 2017 – Roka Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKA), a molecular diagnostics company focused on providing advanced testing solutions for the detection of foodborne pathogens, today announced that it has entered into an asset purchase agreement…
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Retrofitting a Food Plant to Maximize Sanitation – Food Safety Magazine

Dr. Margaret Hardin, vice president of technical services at IEH, wrote an article discussing the important roles sanitation and the layout of food plants have on food safety. 

We Have Terrible News For Anyone Who Eats Chicken – Mother Jones

“One of the US Department of Agriculture’s main tasks is to ensure that the nation’s meat supply is safe. But according to a new peer-reviewed study from the department’s own researchers, the USDA’s process for monitoring salmonella contamination on chicken—by far the most-consumed US meat—may be flawed.” “The solution is pretty clear, Samadpour told me.…
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Some Pre-Grated Parmesan Contains Additive Derived From Wood Pulp, Investigation Finds – Inside Edition

“Inside Edition bought 34 samples of Parmesan cheese from major supermarkets, as well as from major restaurant chains like Pizza Hut and Domino’s, and sent it to IEH Labs in Seattle, Washington where it was tested for cellulose. Mansour Samadpour, the president of IEH labs said, “I was very surprised, I did not expect the numbers…
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9 People Who Are Changing The Future Of Food – Fast Company Profile on Mansour Samadpour

“It’s better to set up systems properly in the beginning, rather than have to deal with an outbreak. Food safety is a moral obligation.” – Fast Company Profile on Mansour Samadpour

IPPE Report: NAMI presents industry achievement awards – Meat + Poultry

“The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) Foundation Scientific Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Mohammed Koohmaraie, CEO, Meat Division at IEH Laboratories, honoring his longstanding contributions assisting the industry to produce safe and wholesome meat, and his efforts to improve meat and poultry technologies.” 

One person dying of food borne illness is ‘one too many’ – Mansour Samadpour interview on CNN Money

“People need to understand what they are eating, where it was grown. You buy a bag of lettuce, where was it grown? Is the product from California? Arizona? Came from south of the border somewhere? The country of origin of the food we buy is extremely important. Let’s say you’re looking to travel to a country,…
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7 things to know about our food system – CNN Money

“Mansour Samadpour runs IEH Laboratories, one of the largest private food testing facilities in the nation. Companies hire him to test their food and make sure it’s safe for the consumer. He believes much of the current testing is too infrequent and small in scale. “We call that faith-based food safety,” he says. Why do companies resist…
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Chipotle Installing New Food Safety Protocols From the Ground Up – Food Safety News

“IEH Laboratories and Consulting Group is in. Led by Seattle’s Dr. Mansour Samadpour, IEH brings its own significant credibility to Chipotle’s table. Known to many within the food safety community simply as “Mansour,” the microbiologist says he’s going to deliver “a more robust food safety program to ensure the highest level of safety and the…
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Letter From the Editor: Mansour to the Rescue – Food Safety News

“Mansour said Chipotle adopted his food safety plan for the 1,900-plus restaurants of the Mexican fast-casual food chain “without any modification.” He promised to eliminate or mitigate “risk to a level of near zero and will establish Chipotle as the industry leader in this area.” Whether naming a food safety czar marks the beginning of a…
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Putting Salad Bar Safety to the Test – Food Safety News

“Besides [E. coli, Listeria or Salmonella], the station reported that the lab tested for the number of microbes in one gram of food, and those results weren’t negative. In fact, the leafy green samples all had more than 1 million colony-forming units per gram (CFU/g) of microbes. Dr. Mansour Samadpour, the CEO of IEH Laboratories, noted…
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Chipotle Hires Safety Consultants to Cope With Health Scare – Bloomberg

“After shutting restaurants in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, Chipotle is doing a deep cleaning of the locations, the company said in a statement Tuesday. Twelve people in the Portland area and 25 in Washington state became ill after eating at Chipotle restaurants, according to health officials in the two states. The company is working with…
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Lesson from Blue Bell recall: producers should ‘assume food is not safe’ – The Guardian

“Outbreaks that last this long are more common than one might think, said Samadpour. They occur whenever the investigators cannot connect the dots and are not able to find the source of the outbreak, which means that the contaminated product continues to be sold. “By the time people are sick, it’s too late,” he said. Companies…
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Meet the Man Who Fights Rampant Food Fraud – Eater

“Samadpour’s company — which has over 1,500 employees across 116 labs — tests everything from whether or not a box of raspberries are actually organic or if a piece of “wild-caught” fish is actually wild, or the species listed on the label. He notes that fish are often mislabeled because once they have been filleted,…
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Private Eyes in the Grocery Aisles – The New York Times

“Business is booming — partly because IEH clients consider testing to be a gatekeeper defense in a multitiered food economy without borders. “We’re a lot more concerned about imports,” Mr. Samadpour says, because of “lack of accountability, lack of infrastructure, lack of a culture of food safety.” He says episodes like the 2008 discovery of…
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IEH welcomes Dr. Donald Zink – IEH Press Release

“IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group is pleased to announce its recent hire of Dr. Donald Zink, who has joined IEH as the President of the Division of Foods and Regulatory Compliance. In his new position with IEH, Dr. Zink will provide consulting services and support clients of IEH to promote product safety and use his…
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The Sample Has Been Taken, the Results Are In: Now What? – Food Safety Magazine

Dr. Margaret Hardin, vice president of technical services at IEH, wrote an article discussing how to analyze, trend, and monitor test results generated in the food industry and how this data can be used to implement corrective actions that reduce risks associated with food products.

Gov. Beshear Announces IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group to Establish Operations in Scottsville

““Even more than the jobs created, IEH is a company that helps make other companies better, and that benefit will mean even greater things down the road for Scottsville and the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Beshear. “The food and beverage industry in Kentucky continues to expand, and this is a step forward to assist the industry…
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Poultry Safety in an Ever-Changing World – Food Safety Magazine

Dr. Margaret Hardin, vice president of technical services at IEH, wrote an article discussing food safety challenges associated with poultry products.

Third-deadliest U.S. food outbreak was preventable, experts say – CNN

“Too often we are willing to send paratroopers after something goes wrong and — you know, we kill so many people,” he (Mansour Samadpour) said. “But the question is: Where were these guys before? Why should anyone be allowed to have a processing plant without the required amount of expertise, without having the food safety…
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Tests find 80% of chickens in Seattle-area groceries carry pathogens – Seattle Times

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture monitors the levels of some bacteria in poultry. Effective in July, the agency is tightening its rules. Processors will have to ensure that no more than 7.5 percent of raw chickens are contaminated with salmonella and no more than 10.4 percent with campylobacter. The 100 chickens tested in Seattle came from…
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Seattle Lab Finds Tainted Grocery Store Chickens – Food Safety News

“Mansour Samadpour, the nationally known food scientist who runs the Institute for Environmental Health (IEH), tested 100 retail chickens at the request of Marler Clark, the food-safety law firm also based in Seattle.” – Food Safety News

Food-Safety Lawyer Puts His Money Where Your Mouth Is – Marler Clark

“In early 2008, Marler began talking seriously to Samadpour, who heads the Seattle-based Institute for Environmental Health, about sampling meat in groceries to see whether there was widespread contamination… A deal was struck, a testing protocol developed and Samadpour told his labs across the country to begin buying 5,000 of the large, plastic-sealed packages of ground…
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Keep Your Meat Safe From E. coli – abc NEWS

“A “Good Morning America” investigation found that what is generally thought to be a simple meal — the classic American burger — can be much more complex. For its investigation, “Good Morning America” purchased six packages of 100 percent ground beef patties from major supermarket chains in Seattle and took the patties to IEH Laboratories, one…
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The Burger That Shattered Her Life – The New York Times

“Dr. Samadpour, the laboratory owner, has said that “we can make hamburger safe,” but that in addition to enhanced testing, it will take an aggressive use of measures like meat rinses and safety audits by qualified experts.” – The New York Times

Food Problems Elude Private Inspectors – The New York Times

““The contributions of third-party audits to food safety is the same as the contribution of mail-order diploma mills to education,” said Mansour Samadpour, a Seattle consultant who has worked with companies nationwide to improve food safety.” – The New York Times

Spinach E. coli Outbreak Raises Food Safety Questions – Marler Blog

“We have the safest food supply on the planet,” said Samadpour, of IEH Laboratories. After the outbreak in spinach, the affected companies hired him to detect and prevent E. coli. “This was an anomaly. Something happened at the farm level. And there have been a lot of extra steps these companies are taking to make sure this…
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