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Help! Am I doing the Right Test?

In the last several weeks, our microbiology lab has had several inquiries regarding indicator testing, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to share some info with you! The two main functions of indicator testing are to verify sanitation measures are working correctly, and to assess spoilage/shelf-life of product. Routine monitoring of organism levels allows you to see what is “normal” for your facility, so that when spikes occur you can troubleshoot whether it was an issue with sanitation, water quality, or some other factor. Indicators are also used to get a feel for the shelf life of a product – higher organism densities may lead to reduced shelf-life and earlier spoilage!

The most common indicators used are E. coli / Total Coliforms, Yeast/Mold (for spoilage), and Total Plate Count or TPC (it is worth noting TPC is referred to by a number of different names, including Aerobic Plate Count (APC), Heterotrophic Plate Count (HPC), Total Viable Count (TVC) or Total Mesophilic Count (TMC)). Lately there has also been an increased interest in use of Enterobacteriaceae as an indicator. Read On »

Updates & News

Mr. Lucky Participates in Pilot of Azzule’s McDonald’s Addendum

In partnership with McDonald’s Global Quality Systems- Food Safety Agricultural Products, Azzule Systems has been conducting a leafy green pilot program for its Good Agricultural Practices addendum, which is to be used in conjunction with PrimusGFS. . . Azzule would like to thank Mr. Lucky for its participation in the pilot program. Read On »
PrimusLabs Microbiological Testing

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New PrimusGFS v3.1 Reference Document 

Azzule created a PrimusGFS v3.1 Supplemental Interpretation Guideline. This document was created to clarify some questions in PrimusGFS v3.1 and it should be used in conjunction with PrimusGFS v3.1 Questions and Expectations, and Interpretation Guidelines.

View the Supplemental Interpretation Guideline Here

Azzule Invites Stakeholder Review for Social Accountability Audit

Azzule Systems is inviting users and supporters to participate in a stakeholder review of its Social Accountability Audit. We believe this audit will help companies work towards compliance with their customers.

This audit can be used in conjunction with any food safety audit, and will assist all PrimusGFS and Primus Standard operations to comply with social accountability expectations of their customer.

We hope stakeholders might be particularly attuned to the success or lack thereof of that approach when offering their feedback and opinions.

Stakeholders offering proposed changes and feedback should submit those suggestions with the document Social Accountability Audit Stakeholder Review to the group email address: by July 31st, 2020.

Azzule looks forward to working with users and supporters during this review period. Contact company representatives via email at or by telephone if you have any questions or concerns.

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Training & Events

Recorded Webinars & How-To-Videos

Did you miss an Azzule webinar? Catch up on How-To-Videos and past Webinars on some of our Azzule Supply Chain Program features

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