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The AME Food Testing Show is dedicated to informing food safety professionals about the critical issues about today's food production, food quality, food safety and food security industry sectors through audio interviews with thought leaders.          

0 Comments Food Temperature and Monitoring with Timestrip's Dan Hafen
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

Food Temperature and Monitoring with Timestrip's Dan Hafen
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/27/food-temperature-and-monitoring-with-timestrips-dan-hafen

Duration: 29 minutes, 57 seconds.
Driving Awareness & Accountability: Timestrip® Plus™ irreversible indicators monitor the accumulated time that a product has been exposed to excessive temperature. The pressure-sensitive label is highly accurate, cost-effective, and easy to use throughout the supply chain.

Agenda:

1. Introduction to the Timestrip® Smart Temperature Labels.
2. Tracking of temperature exposure of food in transit.
3. Tracking ambient air temperatures.
4. Temperature indicators in each food container, case or pallet level
5. End-user temperature data download.
6. Cost of the labels…backend cold chain logistics issues…
7. Goal: Transparent accountability for safe food products.

Contact:

Dan Hafen
Director of Sales & Marketing
Timestrip
11652 Custer Rd #110 Suite 252
Frisco, TX 75035
(214) 263-5793
dan@Timestrip.com
http://www.timestrip.com

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Tags: Food safety , temperature control , human pathogens , monitoring , remote monitoring
0 Comments Fresh Produce Wash Water Good Agricultural Practices GAPs with Trevor Suslow, Ph.D.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:22 PM

Fresh Produce Wash Water Good Agricultural Practices GAPs with Trevor Suslow, Ph.D.
Extension Research Specialist, in the Plant Sciences Department at the University of California at Davis.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/25/trevor-suslow-phd-fresh-produce-wash-water-gaps
Duration: 50 minutes, 45 seconds.
Dr. Suslow's areas of speciality include: Postharvest Quality and Safety from Seed to Shelf: postharvest handling, pathology, and microbiology; quality and safety of fresh vegetables and fruits from production through distribution.

Agenda:

1. Introduction of Dr. Suslows' training and background.
2. Fresh Produce Wash Water GAPs.
3. Traditional methods and chemical additives.
4. Advanced, scientific methods and chemical additives.
5. Current production issues and human bacterial pathogen outbreaks and recalls.
6. The future of fresh produce wash water GAPs.

Contact:

Trevor V. Suslow, Ph.D.
Extension Research Specialist
Preharvest to Postharvest Produce Safety
One Shields Ave
University of California, Davis
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Lab Mail Stop 3
Davis, CA 95616-8780
530-754-8313 office
530-752-4554 fax
http://ucgaps.ucdavis.edu
http://vric.ucdavis.edu
http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu

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Tags: Agricultural gaps , wash water testing , monitoring , human pathogen testing
0 Comments Environmental Monitoring: Signs of a Contamination Event with Karl Kolb, Ph.D.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:06 PM

Environmental monitoring: Signs (Precursor) of a Contamination Event with Karl Kolb, PhD., President of the High Sierra Chemical Company of Chippewa Falls, WI.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/21/environmental-monitoring-signs-of-a-contamination-event

Agenda:

1, What are the benefits of a routine environmental testing program?
2. How may some testing sites be designated for sampling on a regular basis based on the hazard analysis?
3. What is the potential cross-contamination from environmental sources?
4. What are some of the "Best Practice" or GMP protocols now being engaged by food producers with environmental testing?

Contact:

Karl Kolb PhD.
Chief, Science Officer
The High Sierra Group
715.723.4915 (office)
715.723.4956 (fax)
702.523.2068 (cell)
http://www.highsierragroup.com
karl@highsierragroup.com

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Tags: Evnironmental monitoring , bacterial contamination , testing program , test sites , gmp , protocols , best practices
0 Comments New Technologies in Disinfection of Food Production Surfaces with Thomas Licker, BSES, Certified Environmental Infection Control Remediator, Division Manager, Infection Control Technologies
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 10:57 PM

New Technologies in Disinfection of Food Production Surfaces with Thomas Licker, BSES of Infection Control Technologies.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/19/new-technologies-in-disinfection-of-food-production-surfaces
Duration: 29 minutes, 48 seconds.

Infection Control Technologies, (ICT) A Divison of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc. (IRS) is one of the nation’s leading Building Hygiene contractors performing high risk Mold Remediation, Trauma Scene Cleanup, Sewage Cleanup, and other high risk biological decontamination.ICT is at the forefront of the fight against the transfer of disease causing pathogens from surfaces. Treatment with ICT systems and products can help stop infection and increase productivity and health.

Agenda:

1.The challenges food producers face with surface contamination,
2.The New Technologies in Disinfection ICT offers,
3.How the ICT solution compares to traditional methods
4.How the Food Safety Modernization Act will require higher standards for disinfection.

Contact:

Thomas Licker, BSES, CEICR
Certified Environmental Infection Control Remediator
Division Manager
Infection Control Technologies
A Division of Insurance Restoration Specialists, Inc.
30 Abeel Road
Monroe, NJ 08831
888-949-9888 24/7 Emergency Response
609-409-7059 Fax
tlicker@infectioncontroltech.com
www.infectioncontroltech.com

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Tags: Food safety , disinfection , mold remediation , cleanup , treatment
0 Comments Sanitizing Food Production with Chemical Agents with Karl Kolb, PhD., President of the High Sierra Chemical Company which provides specialty chemical products for the food industry.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Sanitizing Food Production with Chemical Agents" with Karl Kolb, PhD., President of the High Sierra Chemical Company which provides specialty chemical products for the food industry.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/16/sanitizing-foods-with-chemicals-against-biological-pathogens.
Duration
: 33 minutes, 22 seconds.

The High Sierra Group is a composite of companies offering a wide range of accredited and acclaimed services to the food industry. It is a group of companies that are focused on the return of your hard earned investment. We are registered, accredited and accepted throughout the industry and have built a business on our longstanding reputation of hard work and tangible results.

The High Sierra Group Chemical Product Catalog: http://fileresource.sitepro.com/filemanager/12/filecollections/134/ED8E0C1C-28FC-92BA-3BF7-429DAAC2AAA6.pdf

Agenda:
1. The role of sanitizing chemicals in food production processes
2. Selection of sanitizing chemicals for food production plants
3. Food production environmental chemical options
4. Food Safety and Quality Assurance of food production after chemical use

Contact:

Karl Kolb Ph.D.
Chief, Science Officer
The High Sierra Group
715.723.4915 (office)
715.723.4956 (fax)
http://www.highsierragroup.com
karl@highsierragroup.com

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Tags: Food chemicals , sterilizer , cleaner , degreaser
0 Comments Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations with Michael Batz
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations with Michael Batz
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/14/ranking-the-risks-the-10-pathogen-food-combinations
Duration: 30 minutes, 6 seconds.

Michael Batz is a researcher and head of food safety programs at the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida, as well as the executive director of the Food Safety Research Consortium, a multidisciplinary collaboration between seven research universities focusing on improving food safety policy. His research focus is on tools and analyses to support more data-driven, risk-based regulatory and public health decision making. He was formerly at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and at Resources for the Future, a Washington DC based think tank. Mr. Batz has a Masters and an undergraduate degree in electrical and computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

This study quantifies the public health impact of fourteen major foodborne pathogens across the food supply, and ranks pathogen-food pairings to identify the most significant microbiological hazards in food. This risk ranking (or comparative risk assessment) provides vital information in a time of limited budgets and supports a more scientific, risk-based approach to priority setting and resource allocation

Download the report at: http://www.epi.ufl.edu/?q=RankingTheRisks

Contact:

Michael Batz
Univeristy of Florida Emerging Pathogens Institute
(352) 273-7010
MBatz@EPI.UFl.edu

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Tags: Food safety , foodborne pathogens
0 Comments Preventing Bacterial Pathogens in Food Packaging interview with Marc Sanchez, JD/MS
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

No charge/On-Demand BlogTalk Radio interview, duration: 25 minutes, 29 seconds.

See: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/11/preventing-bacterial-pathogens-in-food-packaging

Marc Sanchez, JD/M.S. Itn'l Comm. Policy, Attorney & Consultant wth Social Media, Privacy, Food/FSMA Compliance, Recalls, USDA Imports, FDA & CPSC Compliance issues.

Marc's practice in Atlanta, Georgia, focuses on product recalls, regulatory compliance, and employment law. He has a special interest and knowledge of food law and social media privacy publishing several articles and presenting throughout Washington on the topics, including FDA compliance (food and medical device), recalls, import protocols, and employee privacy.

“Preventing Bacterial Pathogens in Food Packaging”

1.Safe packaging materials and practices.
2.Steps to avoid unintended microbiological contaminants touching food packaging.
3.HACCP procedures: pest control, no sick workers handle packaging materials, ensuring no leaks or moisture build-ups in the facility. etc.
4.Packaging Issues in processed foods and fruits and vegetables: chemical recalls, labeling recalls, micro/macro biological.
5.Consumer tips regarding food packaging.

Contact:

Marc C. Sanchez
Attorney & Consultant
PO Box 8292
Atlanta, GA 31106
404.895.4882
marc.cms@gmail.com

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Tags: Food safety , food packaging , food regulations
0 Comments Food Bacterial Pathogens from an MD's Perspective interview
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Food Bacterial Pathogens from an MD's Perspective interview
No charge/On Demand BlogTalk Radio interview with Dr. Daniel Perlman, MD, MBA.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/09/food-bacterial-pathogens-from-an-mds-perspective
Duration: 23 minutes, 37 seconds.

Daniel Perlman, MD, MBA, is a practicing infectious disease specialist in Colorado. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and his fellowship in infectious disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Perlman is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Colorado Medical Society, and the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in the subspecialty of infectious diseases.

 Dr. Daniel Perlman, MD, MBA
Healthcare Innovator
dperlman1@mac.com

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Tags: Foodborne pathogens , e. coli , salmonella , listeria , medical care
0 Comments Food Safety Issues in Transportation with a Food Auditor
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Food Safety Issues in Transportation--Interview with a Food Auditor, Roy E. Costa, President, Environ Health Associates.

See: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/03/food-safety-issues-in-transportation-with-a-food-auditor

Duration; 29 minutes, 40 seconds.

The problem of food contamination is widespread.

The food industry shares a common responsibility to ensure the safety of food as it passes through each link in the supply chain.

The transportation sector linkages are essential, but they are previously unappreciated food safety-control points.

 

Discussion points:

-Transportation and Food Safety
-HACCP-based Approach to Cleaning Food Transportation Vehicles
-Suggested Decontamination SSOP
-Certification of transportation units

For further information, contact:

Roy E Costa R.S., M.S.(M.B.A.)
Public Health Sanitarian and Consultant
Environ Health Associates, Inc.
1.877.734.5187
skype: environ.health.associates
rcosta1@cfl.rr.com
www.haccptraining.org
www.safefoods.tv
www.HACCPprinciples.com
www.safefoodsblog.com

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Tags: Food safety , transportation , disinfection
0 Comments Food Outbreak Litigation with Bill Marler, JD
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

Food Outbreak Litigation with Bill Marler, Managing Partner at Marler Clark LLP.

No charge to listen to BlogTalk Radio at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/10/02/food-outbreak-litigation-with-bill-marler-esq

Duration: 28 minutes, 11 seconds.

Topics:
-When is a legal action required as a victim of a food outbreak or recall? -Which are the potentially liable parties?
-What is the basis of evidence best supporting litigation?
-What are the social impacts of these legal actions for the plaintiffs, the food producers and the food system?
Bill is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert in foodborne illness litigation, He has been a major force in food safety policy in the United States and abroad.
He and his partners at Marler Clark have represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused serious injury and death. His advocacy for better food regulation has led to invitations to address local, national, and international gatherings on food safety, including recent testimony to US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce.

For further information, contact:

William D. Marler, Esq.
Marler Clark
The Food Safety Law Firm
1301 Second Avenue, Suite 2800
Seattle, WA 98101-3808
Direct Line: (206) 346-1890
Cell: (206) 794-5043
E: bmarler@marlerclark.com
B
: www.marlerblog.com
T
: @bmarler
F: MarlerClarkBlog
W: www.marlerclark.com

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Tags: Food safety , food litigation , e. coli , salmonella , listeria
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