Upcoming Events

VOXPO

NOVEMBER 18-20, 2020

10:00 – 6:00, CENTRAL TIME, US

https://voxpo.vfairs.com/

Join us for a live chat from November 18-20, 2020, at our CBD LIVE booth during the VOXPO virtual event. We’ll be there to answer any questions you have about CBD and Hemp testing or any other testing needs for your food and beverage products.

Our booth at CBD LIVE will be open all year where you can explore more details about our services if you can’t make it to our live chat.

Stop by our virtual booth anytime or chat with us online during this live event. Hope to see you there.

Webinar: Consumer Trust in Food and Beverage Safety in the New Reality 

October 16, 12-1pm EST

Hosted by: IMFA

 

Join IFMA as they have a conversation with Greg Pritchard, Vice President Quality Management at Nestlé USA along with Dr Fabien Robert – Director of the Nestlé Quality Assurance Centers.

We face a new challenge as an industry. Consumer trust in the safety of foodservice experiences has been heavily impacted by Covid-19. Re-energizing consumer traffic in our foodservice venues is dependent on the ability to promise and over-deliver on quality and safety. Greg Pritchard and Dr Fabien Robert will share the story of how Nestlé’s brands generate trust through safety by design. They will describe the process for product testing to assure delivery on that consumer trust in a post-Covid world and highlight how they are coping with new realities at Nestlé. 

Please join us. Register for the webinar here. 

Greater Focus on Robust Environmental Monitoring Programs

The food industry has seen significant changes in regulatory requirements over the past several years that have resulted in an increase in the amount of analytical testing conducted, with the greatest increase seen in microbiological testing. According to food safety market experts, one of the main contributors to this growth in microbiological testing is a greater focus on environmental monitoring programs (1).

Food manufacturers and processors are experiencing increased pressure from regulators, customers and auditors to demonstrate the performance of their environmental monitoring (EM) programs. In response to this pressure, many companies are revising their sampling and testing plans to include an increase in routine monitoring as well as a more in depth focus into areas of the plant that their routine sampling may have missed (1).

How effective is your EM program?

When reviewing your EM program, special consideration should be taken when looking at frequency of testing, site selection and hygenic zoning. This helps to ensure your program is robust and verifies that food safety systems are working. These components of your program should not be based on a “one size fits all” approach and are designed based on a risk assessment of your facility.

If you would like learn more about the best practices, tools, techniques, hygienic equipment design and layout, zoning, guidance on microbiological testing and much more, join us for our webinar with Food Safety Magazine on July 14th at 1pm EST. Our sponsored webinar will focus on the best practices for an Environmental Monitoring Plan and we’ll share how a robust EMP can help protect your customers and business while reducing costs of non-quality.

 

 

Or if you are ready to discuss the next steps with your current EMP or need some expert advice on getting started, reach out to our quality team today.

 

 

References

(1) https://www.foodsafetymagazine.com/magazine-archive1/aprilmay-2020/analytical-testing-in-food-safety-continues-to-grow/

FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food Course 

Course Description:

The Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-based Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation (referred to as the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation) is intended to ensure safe manufacturing/processing, packing and holding of food products for human consumption in the United States. The regulation requires that certain activities must be completed by a “preventive controls qualified individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls”. This course, developed by the FSPCA, is the “standardized curriculum” recognized by FDA; successfully completing this course is one way to meet the requirements for a “preventive controls qualified individual”.

This course is taught by Lead Instructors trained by the FSPCA, who have been instructed in how to teach the FDA-recognized standardized curriculum.

NOTE: Virtual Sessions are administered in two parts. This registration is for Part 2 of the “Blended Course”. The certificate given upon completion is no different from an in-person course. Part 1 is administered through the FSPCA website with a cost of $198 including certificate fee. More information and registration can be found here.

Lead Instructor: Ben McPhail

Location:
Virtual Session

Cost:
$349/participant
Includes certificate fee

Date

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020