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The Importance of a Strategic Environmental Monitoring Program

Posted by Paige Krzysko

July 22, 2016 at 9:30 AM

brochure3_blog.pngEnvironmental monitoring plays an instrumental role in ensuring food safety at plant facilities. Product contamination is a leading cause of recalls and FSMA will soon require verification of preventive measures taken to keep food safe. Accordingly, companies should invest in monitoring programs to catch potential problems before products are released for consumer consumption.

To develop a comprehensive food safety program under FSMA, plant management teams need to determine the areas in a facility where hazards may exist, establish preventive controls and verify that those controls are effective. This ties directly into environmental monitoring because companies are strongly recommended to regularly collect samples from different areas of production plants, particularly in areas with potential hazards.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Safety Training, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Environmental Monitoring, Training, FSMA

Writing a FSMA Compliant Food Safety Plan

Posted by Paige Krzysko

July 15, 2016 at 9:30 AM

writing-1.jpgIn 2015, the FDA published their FSMA final rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food. The new rule states, “covered facilities must establish and implement a food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and risk-based preventive controls.”

Said food safety system must include a written food safety plan. Food manufacturers covered by the rule that previously utilized the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines to establish their food safety system will need to take additional steps to adhere with the FSMA compliant Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls (HARPC). The main difference between the two comes in the added HARPC requirement to evaluate potential hazards and implement measures to prevent them.

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Safety Training, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), HACCP, FSMA, Webinars, HARPC

ISO 17025: What You Should Know

Posted by Paige Krzysko

May 20, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Webinar.pngThe International Organization for Standardization (ISO) sets the international standards for laboratories that conduct tests and calibrations, as well as sampling. ISO 17025 certification offers a tangible way to guarantee to clients that a laboratory meets the requirements to successfully manage all aspects of sampling and testing.

The certification proves that a laboratory is competent in its technical tests/calibrations and is operating according to the ISO management guidelines. Obtaining the accreditation requires an extensive audit process of several different technical functions of the lab, including test and calibration methods, sampling, and handling of test results. Every lab function related to the test being considered for certification must be documented and maintained as part of this process.

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Topics: Education, Food Safety Training, ISO 17025, Webinars

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

Food Safety Training: Train to Retain Your New Employees

Posted by John Williams

August 28, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Food_safety_training_train_to_retainThe best HACCP, GMP, or sanitation training program can be rendered meaningless if your company suffers from high employee turnover. The proper orientation of employees should not be under valued or overlooked. 

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The first few weeks or months in a food plant environment with new responsibilities can be highly stressful and confusing. During this critical time, an effective orientation can mean the difference between a new employee becoming an asset or  realizing a lost return on your investment.

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Topics: Food Safety Training

5 Reasons To Attend an Outside Training Course in 2014

Posted by Julie Wankowski

January 28, 2014 at 1:16 PM

5 reason to attend an outside food safety training courseWhy Training?

"This is the way we've always done things."

"We tried that five years ago but it didn't work."

"Our internal expertise is sufficient to implement this new program; there are no other resources necessary."

If you have recently heard one of the above phrases, either out of the mouths of one of your coworkers or your own, it is likely that you are in need of some fresh perspectives in your organization. There are many sources of education available within the food industry, including trade organizations, colleges and universities, and outside training providers. Depending on your current initiatives and growth areas, you are likely to find a number of interesting programs that will interest you and your colleagues.

Here are the top five reasons for you to attend an outside training course in 2014:

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Topics: Education, Food Safety Training

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