Software service helps food facilities reduce risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination
April 12, 2019
iFoodDecisionSciences (iFoodDS), Seattle, Wash., developed a new software service designed to help food facilities reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination of food products through improved environmental monitoring and detection.
The software served, called EnABLe (Environmental monitoring with an Agent-based model of Listeria), is a detailed and customizable simulation tool for use in food processing facilities.
Together, with iFoodDS’s software and analytics solutions, EnABLe turns science and research into a tool that helps the food industry address pressing food safety challenges.
iFood CEO Diane Wetherington Named Food Logistics Inaugural Champion of the Year
march 18, 2019
The United States was thrown into a frenzy when E. coli-contaminated spinach left three dead and sickened over 200 people in 2006. One thing was clear after the outbreak, food safety improvements were needed across the entire supply chain.
Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences, was just starting out in the industry when the 2006 outbreak occurred. She began working with industry leaders supporting efforts to improve food safety practices; however, Wetherington quickly realized the importance of examining data and identifying trends to advance continuous improvement. Having a background in technology, she determined that documenting this important data with paper records not only slows down the entire food safety process, but also exposes it to more errors—potentially risking more lives.
“After the E. coli outbreak and new regulations in the industry were formed, we saw that companies were collecting a lot of the information on paper. There was very little technology in place to help companies manage their risk,” Wetherington says.
Wetherington’s vision for a safer world helped her form iFoodDecisionSciences in 2013, and makes her an excellent candidate for the first ever Food Logistics’ Champion of the Year. The annual award recognizes the industry’s most influential professionals for their hard work, vision and leadership in shaping the global food supply chain.
EnABLe Model Better Tracks Listeria in Food Production Facilities, Improves Monitoring Effectiveness
march 6, 2019
EBased upon newly published peer-reviewed research co-authored by their Food Safety Scientist, Dr. Claire Zoellner, iFoodDecisionSciences (iFoodDS) is offering a new software service to help food facilities reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes contamination of food products through improved environmental monitoring and detection.
As cited in the paper from Cornell University and published in the journal Scientific Reports, “detection of pathogens in food processing facilities by routine environmental monitoring is essential to reduce the risk of foodborne illness but is complicated by the complexity of equipment and environment surfaces.” Therefore Dr. Zoellner and her fellow scientists built a model called EnABLe (Environmental monitoring with an Agent-based model of Listeria), which is a detailed and customizable simulation tool for use in food processing facilities.
The study determined that when EnABLe was tested in a food production facility, “grouping of surfaces by their Listeria spp. contamination dynamics identified connectivity and sanitary design as predictors of contamination, indicating that these features should be considered in the design of environmental monitoring programs to detect Listeria.”
“In other words, the EnABLe model maps how Listeria could move through a facility allowing for more targeted environmental monitoring and improved risk management,” says Diane Wetherington, president of iFoodDS. “Combined with iFoodDecisionSciences’ software tools and mapping, companies will have real-time visibility into their monitoring effectiveness,” she says.
“Together with iFoodDS’s software and analytics solutions, EnABLe is a wonderful example of turning industry-leading science and research into a tool that will help the food industry address pressing food safety challenges,” says Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety at Cornell University and a co-author of the paper.
The iFoodDS team, led by Dr. Zoellner, has already begun using EnABLe for clients in food production facilities. “In real-life application, we expect that because the EnABLe model and user software is customized to each individual facility, not only is environmental monitoring improved but employee food safety training is enhanced as well,” Dr. Zoellner says.
iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc. named on the 2018 FL100+ Top Software and Technology Providers
December 17, 2018
Each year Food Logistics showcases software and technology companies that are leaders within the food and beverage industry. Their solutions and services provide companies the opportunity to improve productivity and gain efficiencies within their enterprise.
Now in its 15th year, the FL100+ features software and technology companies that specialize in products designed to address the unique challenges of the food and beverage supply chain. This list offers an inside look at companies whose products and services ensure efficient transportation and warehousing, minimize operational waste, facilitate safe operations and assure regulatory compliance.
To read our profile click here.
HarvestMark and iFood Partner to Offer a Comprehensive Food Safety, Traceability and Quality Management Platform
May 31, 2018
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SEATTLE, May 31, 2018—HarvestMark, a Division of Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB), and iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc. (iFood) announced today that the companies are partnering to deliver an integrated supply chain solution for food safety, traceability and quality management.
As part of the collaboration, HarvestMark and iFood worked together to develop an integrated product offering that enables compatibility between their Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. HarvestMark’s traceability and quality inspection information is now integrated with iFood safety data to create a comprehensive supply chain management platform that can significantly benefit U.S. produce and perishable retailers, distributors, food service companies and food producers. The combined solutions are unique in the industry for their ability to help manage day-to-day food safety and quality control risks, regardless of where they occur in the supply chain. Together, the solutions can provide greater transparency, quality and safety, creating opportunities to provide meaningful analysis of food from the farm to the fork.
“Both companies have a demonstrated track record of simplifying the burdensome task of collecting and documenting process control data required today in the food industry. Now we are taking our work to the next level by providing realtime visibility throughout the supply chain,” said Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences. “Our decision to work together is driven by an effort to enable customers to minimize their supply chain risks and let them focus on the business of growing and selling food.”
“We’re excited to work closely with iFood because it continues to solidify our combined services to the industry. In the food supply chain, it’s important to not only provide real-time data that grower shippers, distributors and retailers can use to make informed decisions and process improvements, but to also provide that data in an integrated and easy-to-use platform,” said Dan Sun, general manager of HarvestMark.
Top 25 Food & Beverages Technology Solution Providers - 2018
May 21, 2018
iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc., "develops dynamic data management software solutions for growers, harvesters, coolers, packers, processors, and shippers."
"We build client-centered software solutions for food safety and more": iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc.
The Silicon Review
August 23, 2017
iFoodDecisionSciences, Inc. delivers software solutions to help food companies continuously improve food safety and quality control operations. Their cloud-based products simplify data collection, management and reporting, assuring compliance across a company's supply chain, and real-time improvement opportunities.
"iFoodDecisionSciences works extensively in the produce industry, constantly evaluating and refining software to help clients with their ever-evolving data management needs."
FSMA software enhanced for preventive controls rule
July 5, 2017
iFood Decision Sciences has enhanced its software solutions toolbox, with a goal of making it easier and faster to be in full compliance with new preventive controls laws under the Food Safety Modernization Act. Company staff demonstrated these additional capabilities during the Forbes Ag Tech Summit in late June.
“We have a full suite of hazard assessments and reports to address the needs of both large and small facilities. Our solutions also offer auditable records that are time and date stamped and provide real-time supply chain monitoring and document management,” said Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFood Decision Sciences
The Preventive Control requirements have also been added to iFood Decision Science’s Toolbox app that was launched at last year’s Ag Tech Summit and is available for iOS and Android. The app reflects the breadth of iFood’s offerings to enhance customers’ food safety, quality control and data management, according to the company.
iFood Top 20 Most Promising Technology Solution Providers in Food & Beverage for 2017
CIO Review Food & Beverages Special
March 10, 2017
iFoodDecisionSciences, offers cloud-based products that enable the produce industry to maintain an accesible electronic database and underlying analytics for regulatory compliance and process improvements.
“With our Toolbox applications, employees spend fewer hours reviewing food safety reports for compliance and more time analysing the results and trends, thereby enhancing product quality and the ability to manage food safety risks at the operational level."
Company designs software to streamline food safety data for growers, processors
Farmers and Consumers Market Bulletin, Georgia Department of Agriculture
September 14, 2016
iFoodDecisionSciences provides data management software to growers, harvesters, coolers, packers, processors and shippers. Whether in the field or in a facility, collecting and managing data is time-consuming. iFood’s solutions allow users to conduct field and facility tests and assessments in real-time and one time.
“We are committed to simplifying the burdensome task of collecting, documenting and managing data required of today’s fruit and vegetable producers,” said Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences. “Our goal is to put our customers in control of their data so they can get back to the business of producing food."
Potato council commissions food safety software
August 19, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A half-dozen fresh potato packing facilities have been testing software and a smartphone app commissioned by the National Potato Council to help them comply with new federal food safety regulations.
NPC hired the consulting firm iFood Decision Sciences to develop the app and customizable software, which the Pacific Northwest packing sheds have been evaluating. It’s now available to other sheds for a fee.
The cloud-based software helps operations maintain an accessible electronic database to replace libraries of paper records, which are often incomplete or illegible, iFood Decision Sciences CEO Diane Wetherington said. The software also enables potato facilities to meet a growing number of requests for records from customers.
Wetherington’s company plans to build a model allowing customers to calculate the resulting time savings and return on investment. She said some sheds conduct hourly testing, documented with paper records.
iFood Decision Sciences Launches App at Forbes AgTech Summit
Santa Cruz Tech Beat
July 14, 2016
Attention fruit and vegetable producers — if you’re looking for a way to easily collect and log important food safety and quality control data, iFood Decision Sciences has an app for that.
This week, iFood, a software solutions firm based in Seattle with an office in Marina launches a data management app called iFood Decision Science’s — The Toolbox. The app for use with either Android or Apple tablets, allows farm personnel to quickly complete field and harvest assessments required under today’s stringent food safety regulations or for third-party audits. The app also has options for conducting evaluations in packing, processing or cold storage facilities for both food safety and product quality purposes.
iFood Decision Sciences Launches New App at Forbes AgTech Summit
July 13, 2016
SALINAS, CA - As hundreds gather to see technology tied with agriculture, iFood Decision Sciences is adding to the platform with the launch of a new, on-trend method to collect and log important food safety and quality control data easily and with mobility.
Because now there’s an app for it.
“This new app is an enhancement to our existing system that allows food safety and quality control personnel increased mobility and ease when collecting data using an Apple or Android tablet,” Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFood Decision Sciences, said, according to a recent release. “Because these devices use either Wi-Fi or cellular data, they can be used in places where an Internet connection is not available or is spotty.”
Food Safety Data: Anytime, Anywhere
Western Grower & Shipper magazine
Providing real-time food safety data at your fingertips is just one part of iFoodDecisionSciences’ business model.
“Our team’s passion to serve the industry, our dedication to helping our clients deliver their produce in a safe and timely manner is above and beyond,” said Diane Wetherington, CEO of iFoodDecisionSciences.
WGA plants high tech center in America's salad bowl
Western Farm Press
April 8, 2016
The new Western Growers Center for Innovation and Technology (WGCIT), which opened late last year at Salinas, Calif., is a technology incubator aimed at bringing innovative entrepreneurs together with farmers to facilitate creative solutions to the biggest challenges facing agriculture.
Resident companies in the WGCIT include:
iFoodDecisionSciences — a company that provides flexible food safety software applications for the specialty crop industry.
Data report cards for growers, processors
March 23, 2016
A Seattle-based software company is helping growers and processors save time and money by making data collection and analysis easier.
iFoodDecisionSciences was among the first companies to join the Western Growers Innovation and Technology Center in Salinas.
iFoodDecisonSciences puts together software “tool boxes” for growers and processors. These can be used on computers and mobile devices. They basically eliminate the need to write data down on paper and input it into a computer. The software also helps agriculture firms analyze the data.
When E. coli becomes a business opportunity
Wall Street Journal
May 14, 2015
Dozens of companies are sprouting to help U.S. food makers tackle a wave of new federal safety regulations and intensified enforcement of the nation’s food laws. “Food companies are hungry for help right now,” said Diane Wetherington, chief executive of Seattle-based
“Food companies are hungry for help right now,” said Diane Wetherington, chief executive of Seattle-based iFoodDecisionSciences, which sells mobile applications that enable food producers and processors to collect and analyze data to prevent disease outbreaks and product recalls.
iFoodDecisionSciences, which sells mobile applications that enable food producers and processors to collect and analyze data to prevent disease outbreaks and product recalls.
Mobile app evolve, empowering managers and employees in the food supply chain
Food Logistics magazine
June 25, 2015
One of the most revolutionary aspects of mobile management is its level of worker empowerment. It is a form of automation that can enhance rather than compromise personalization in the work place.
Church Brothers Produce Inc., a grower, processor and retailer based in Salinas, Calif., has found cloud-based mobile enterprise systems deliver a number of benefits, says Drew McDonald, vice president of the company’s quality, food safety and regulatory affairs.
McDonald gives high marks to both Go Spot Check and iFoodDecisionSciences for taking into account the way a grower operates. Both software systems streamline the processes for documentation, filing and exporting data to other programs. “They’re very appropriate for what we’re trying to do,” he says.