New US Food Safety Company Focuses on Analytics, Innovation

ANALYSIS – Passport Food Safety Solutions, Inc. announced its formation to provide an innovative “systems” approach to helping meat and poultry processors consistently meet increasingly stringent food-safety standards.
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Tom Nicholson, CEO of Passport Food Safety Solutions, speaks to 5m's Sarah Mikesell about Passport Food Safety Solution's unique platform. 

The only company of its kind, Passport Food Safety Solutions offers insights from plant-specific and industry-benchmark analytics; a broad product portfolio with the latest food-safety innovations; and a unique system for evaluating and commercialising new technologies.

With offices in Johnston, Iowa, and College Station, Texas, the company has begun its operations in the United States and has plans to expand to other parts of the world.

“Unlike other companies, our core business is developing customised food-safety programmes for meat packers and processors,” said Tom Nicholson, CEO, Passport Food Safety Solutions.

“From Day One, we have one of the most experienced teams of food-safety experts developing cutting-edge solutions for customers that process beef, poultry and pork. We couldn’t be more excited about the potential of our PassTrac Analytics system, novel products and innovative services we offer for food producers.”

Single source of modern food safety products

Passport Food Safety Solutions is the exclusive marketer of some of the most recent product innovations in the business, including Finalyse, a pre-harvest rinse that quickly reduces Escherichia coli O157:H7, decreasing levels of this foodborne pathogen before animals enter the plant.

A centrepiece of the product line includes BoviBrom, a post-harvest rinse proven effective against E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in beef; AviBrom, an easy-to-use antimicrobial carcass wash for raw poultry that is effective in reducing Campylobacter and Salmonella; and SWG Biocide, an EPA registered product for disinfection of poultry water lines and for the removal of biofilm deposits in water transfer lines.

A team of technical professionals at Passport Food Safety Solutions provides design, installation and ongoing support for product-application systems and has the expertise to help develop a customised, multi-hurdle approach to food safety.

State-of-the-art food safety analytics and analysis

Jackson McReynolds, Chief Scientific Officer at Passport Food Safety Solutions

“Food safety is a common and costly challenge, but there’s still a lot that is not yet known about how to consistently reduce pathogens that cause foodborne illness,” said Jack McReynolds, PhD, chief scientific officer, Passport Food Safety Solutions.

“That’s why we developed PassTrac Analytics, an incredibly robust tool that is helping us better understand how seasonal, operational and other variables affect pathogen loads - at individual plants and throughout the industry,” Mr McReynolds added.

“By using real-world data and predictive modelling, we can help meat protein managers make timely decisions that can reduce risk and minimise financial losses.”

Commitment to bringing new innovation to market

Since the process of testing and commercialising products and services is extremely complex, Passport Food Safety Solutions has engaged with leading researchers and others who have discovered technologies that have promise for improving food safety.

“We look forward to working with researchers to develop these promising technologies and products,” said Mr Nicholson. “In turn, we’ll work with a panel of food-safety experts and stakeholders to evaluate and test the most viable prospects. By working together, we’ll be able to identify and commercialise new innovations much more quickly - a game-changer for all of us who care deeply about food safety.”

Tackling E. coli during warmer weather

“The timing of our company introduction couldn’t be more appropriate,” said Mr McReynolds. “Since E. coli loads historically rise in tandem with seasonal temperatures, now is the time for managers to take a fresh look at which products, practices and technologies are the right choices for their plants. All of us at Passport Food Safety Solutions can’t wait to help customers further reduce foodborne pathogens.”

For more information about Passport Food Safety Solutions, call 515-334-8035, email [email protected] or visit

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell, Senior Editor

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