September 21, 2007
September 21, 2007 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a Web portal to help smaller companies answer food safety questions and help all food processors make science-based food production decisions.
The Predicitive Microbiology Information Portal (PMIP) features predictive microbiology modeling software designed to assist food processors in their food safety decision-making process. It currently features information on research, regulations and resources related to Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods. In the coming months, it will be expanded to include other pathogen and food combinations. A searchable database allows users to find information that also may be used to develop hazard analysis and critical control point plans to ensure the safety of food processes.
The Web portal also includes a tutorial section on using and interpreting predictive models and links users directly to the pathogen modeling program and ComBase, an international relational database of predictive microbiology information.
The PMIP may be accessed at www.ars.usda.gov/naa/errc/mfsru/portal