Third-party logistics provider RLS Logistics continues to enhance its quality and safety programs with the implementation of Sample6 technology, which is designed to test, find and remediate for Listeria

Based in Newfield, N.J., RLS Logistics was originally founded as a family mushroom farm in 1968. Over the years, it expanded to include trucking, warehousing, customized packaging and national distribution, and today, focuses on temperature-controlled logistics. 

Previously, RLS Logistics relied on a third-party lab for environmental Listeria testing, but it took too long to get results and the company wanted to bring testing in-house. Several technologies, including polymerase chain reaction (PCR), were considered. However, Sample6 DETECT was the only test that enabled in-shift results. Produced by Sample6, Cambridge, Mass., Sample6 DETECT does not require enrichment, so the tests can be run in the plant rather than a laboratory. Meanwhile, DETECT/L is said to be the only enrichment-free, single-shift pathogen diagnostic for Listeria species on the market.

“Having pathogen results in hand in six hours without enrichment is particularly exciting compared to waiting days for third-party results,” says Selina Hart, quality assurance manager at RLS Logistics. “The transition from a third-party lab to Sample6 DETECT was seamless. A total of seven people have been trained. We test during all three shifts, all four zones, every week.”

Traditionally, many food processors were forced to rely on outside laboratories and lengthy technologies to conduct environmental pathogen testing. With Sample6, companies now have the tools they need to improve food safety, mitigate recalls and keep consumers safe.

Furthermore, RLS Logistics continues to expand its packaging operation. This requires updating and expanding its environmental monitoring plan. The expansion into customized packaging of frozen foods was the impetus for further enhancements to its food safety program. That’s why RLS Logistics is using DETECT/L for investigative work as well as routine testing.

RLS Logistics has transformed from a family farm to a logistics leader. State-of-the-art food safety solutions are critical in advancing forward. Together, RLS and Sample6 are making food safer.