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Technical Tuesdays: Social Media as a Food Safety Informational Source

Posted by Jeff Lucas

January 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

food_safety_social_media.jpgThirty two years ago, regular discussion about the field of food safety did not exist. Back then, information on food safety came from a limited number of sources. This included the ICMSF (International Commission for the Microbiological Specification for Foods) organized in 1962, the International Association for Food Protection (then called the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians) organized in 1911, and a few loosely organized regional associations consisting primarily of academicians and state health departments. Sourcing information proved to be difficult, and books on the subject were limited and costly. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Research, Food Science, Social Media, Web Search

FSMA Roadmap: 5 Steps to Preventive Control Compliance

Posted by Jeff Lucas

December 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

fsma_blog.jpgAre you trying to determine where to start on your journey to Preventive Controls Compliance? Well, you are not alone. It seems every day uncovers a new, little nuance that does not fit in a neat FSMA box. Start on the path to Preventive Controls compliance with our five steps below: 

1. Focus on what we already know. Many rules have yet to be implemented, and the guidelines are not available. So, focus on finding a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) training program. Attending a PCQI training program will jump start your efforts toward Preventive Controls compliance. After training, assemble your team to review the process flow chart, your raw material(s) and an ingredient hazard analysis. If a flow chart or hazard analysis has not been developed, this should be your first step. It is important to note that the preventive control rule does not require a flow chart, but it is almost impossible to perform a hazard analysis without one. 

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), FSMA, Preventive Controls, FSMA Compliance

Conestoga College and Mérieux NutriSciences Create Unique Classroom & Hands-On Training Opportunity in Environmental Monitoring

Posted by Jeff Lucas

August 14, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Mérieux NutriSciences ConestogaWith increasing frequency, manufacturing plants in the United States and Canada are revisiting the basics of environmental monitoring programs and pursuing more advanced investigational techniques. Conestoga College and Mérieux NutriSciences will team together to host an “Environmental Monitoring Program and Aseptic Techniques” short course on September 29-30, 2015, in Cambridge, ONT.

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Topics: Food Safety Training, Environmental Monitoring, Training


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