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In response to client requests, growing buyer expectations, FDA’s implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and the increasing popularity of the various Blockchain systems, Azzule has been updating and enhancing the Azzule Platform, specifically the Azzule Supply Chain Program’s (SCP) capabilities. While continuing to improve our clients’ means of controlling the movement of information to their own customers, Azzule has taken this opportunity to ease their compliance review with a series of new products. Toward that goal, Azzule released our new Operations Module on August 6th. The Operations Module is designed to help clients view and manage their own

In order to proactively address the ever-changing needs of various food industries, our microbiological laboratory is now proud to offer tests for viral and parasitic contaminants. PrimusLabs has added cyclospora, hepatitis A, and norovirus tests to its list of microbiological services.   Cyclospora cayetanensis – protozoan parasite Cyclospora is a protozoan parasite responsible for the gastrointestinal disease cyclosporiasis. Previously thought to be mostly a foreign disease, 2018 marked the first Cyclospora case confirmed to originate from domestically grown produce. This parasite has been found in vegetable trays, salad mixes, and various imported fresh produce. As this parasite has become more of a

In its ongoing effort to better serve growers in the fresh produce industry, the PrimusLabs Residue laboratory has added new compounds to its list of chemicals for which it is now offering analysis. Residue Lab Manager Sean Kurokawa announced that additional compounds have been added to both PrimusLabs’ Multi-Residue Screen (MRS) Extended Plus, while others are offered in new single compound tests. Growers need assurance that they are operating within EPA guidelines when they introduce new chemicals into the growing process, and it is with their input that PrimusLabs adds additional compounds to its testing offerings. New chemicals that added to

Ventura County resident Mary Maranville grew up around agriculture. Her father ran a dairy farm in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. When she relocated to Ventura County 20 years ago, Mary and her husband also began farming. In 2008, she witnessed a local elementary school’s field trip to a farm near Santa Paula and came to realize that the young people on the trip knew little to nothing about where the food they ate came from. After that revelation, she decided to found Students for Eco-education and Agriculture (SEEAG) in Ventura in the hopes of creating agricultural ambassadors that

Samuel Lugo, a nine year veteran of Azzule and PrimusLabs, is currently integrating into the position of Chief Technology Officer at Azzule. Under the scope of Lugo’s responsibilities, he will be integrating the Architecture and New Technologies team, the Infrastructure team, as well as the Data team. Lugo will work closely with Paul Bon, Chief Product Officer (SCP, LIMS, AZAS, Buyer sites) and along with the technological help of his own team, will provide Bon and his associates with the tools and means to deliver Azzule’s products, services, and innovations to the market in a stable, secure and scalable manner. He’ll

Primus Group will be one of the exhibitors at the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP) Annual Meeting to be held July 21-24, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky. Representatives of both PrimusLabs and Azzule will be on hand to answer questions about lab testing, audit updates, and the compliance grids and supply chain graphic, the new tools available through the Azzule Platform. Come see us at Booth 630!

Azzule will release the updated PrimusGFS Version3.1. on July 17, 2019. The major impetus for changes to Version3.1. came largely from the very productive feedback provided by our clients, including greenhouses in Mexico, as well as our certifications bodies and training centers. That feedback allowed us to improve our data collection so that auditors and clients alike can have a better experience, while simultaneously improving users’ food safety practices, and helping them to attract global buyers and gain more market access through the Azzule Platform. Version3.1 satisfies the needs of users on a global scale, and it has the added advantage

There is plenty of sage advice for the fresh produce industry in the pages of Timothy D. Lytton’s latest book Outbreak: Foodborne Illness and the Struggle for Food Safety. While Outbreak covers a wide range of food industries, the first chapter “Trouble in the Field” is devoted exclusively to fresh produce. Lytton laments the fact that investigations into most pathogen outbreaks do not result in the identification of the source of the contamination. Without a finding, food safety is reduced to speculation, and improvements cannot be realized. Lytton urges “Dedicating more public resources to outbreak investigations… [to] reduce uncertainty about the

Azzule’s Compliance Grids, released in October 2018, allows clients to customize compliance criteria to address their firm’s compliance expectations, their compliance with FSMA or the Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFCA), any specific customers’ expectations, or any hybrid of the above. Azzule’s latest major update to the Azzule Platform is the Azzule “Supply Chain Graphic”, which was released in April 2019. Azzule’s “Supply Chain Graphic” provides a color-coded visual summary of your full supply chain, displaying supplier compliance status using the Compliance Grids to trace the movement of data from those clients source from to those customers they sell to. This

Azzule is excited to announce new capabilities within the Azzule Supply Chain Program! With our promise to continually improve our program to better meet the changing needs of food industries, we've added the capability to view the status of your PrimusGFS audits as well as send and retrieve preliminary audit reports as a function of your Azzule Supply Chain site. In the following weeks, you will be able to see the status of your PrimusGFS audits, and soon any audits entered in the Azzule Auditing Software, in real time from the scheduled date through the certification date and every step