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The AME Food Testing Show


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 Enhanced Food Safety--From Ship and Pray to Test and Release with Andy Moreno
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Enhanced Food Safety--From Ship and Pray to Test and Release with Andy Moreno.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/12/20/enhanced-food-safety-from-shippray-to-testrelease
Duration: 7 minutes, 18 seconds.

Traditional Food Production has been described as the "ship and pray" model due to the grab sampling of the finished product with culture testing.
The "Test and Release” mode of agricultural operations requires the surveillance of the entire process during several steps: irrigation water, pre-harvest, post harvest, wash water cycle, and finished products.  Should the surveillance program indicate an "alert" to the presence of a bacterial pathogen, then the lot should be withheld from the market.  A Test and Release” Surveillance program employs PCR tests to validate production with Statistical Process Control (SPC). This program allows for Periodic Testing of Randomized samples against established upper control limits.

Contact:

Andy Moreno
Microbiological Surveillance Systems
AME
559-827-8245
[email protected]
http://www.ame-qpcr.com
Linkedin: Andy Moreno
Founder: Food Pathogen Outbreak/Recall Response Group

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Tags: Food safety , food testing , food quality , pcr , test and release programs
0 Comments The Importance of Food Testing for a Food Production Company with Dan Fantz
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 8:27 PM

The Importance of Food Testing for a Food Production Company with Dan Fantz
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/12/03/the-importance-of-food-testing-for-a-food-production-company
Duration: 18 minutes, 14 seconds.

1. History of California Organics, a Food Production company.
2. The philosophy behind CO’s Food Safety Program.
3. CO’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.
4. CO’s certification programs and approvals.
5. CO’s surveillance program using DNA testing.
6. The types of clients and products CO serves.

Dan Fantz
California Organics, LLC.
818-326-4717
[email protected].com

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Tags: Food production , food safety , food testing
0 Comments Food Safety Precautions in Transportation with Joe Stevens, the Director, National Sales, England Logistics.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Food Safety Precautions in Transportation with Joe Stevens, the Director, National Sales, England Logistics.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2012/01/10/food-safety-precautions-in-transportation-with-joe-stevens
Duration: 18 minutes, 16 seconds.

Joe Stevens, Director, National Sales, England Logistics, is responsible for National Sales, Corporate Marketing and the Agent Sales Development. 
Joe began his career in the transportation industry in 1989 as an Over the Road Driver for Redline transportation. Prior to joining EL, Joe was the Director, Business Development for Freightquote.com, a $750M non-asset based 3PL where he led a team that moved more than 15,000 shipments per week. Prior to joining Freightquote.com, Joe was President of JMS III Enterprises a non-asset based 3PL providing transportation, logistics and material handling solutions within the cardboard, paper, lumber and construction industries. Additionally, Joe has held positions as SVP at RPL Logistics and Sr. Director, Corporate Logistics at FreightPro.com.  He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Administration.

1. Introduction and background.
2. Food Safety Precautions in Transportation.
3. Specific industry standards to assure food safety.
4. Future goals and technologies.
5. England Logistic's offerings and services.

Joe Stevens
Director, National Sales
England Logistics, Inc.
801-656-4702
[email protected]

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Tags: Food transportation , food safety , food quality
0 Comments Which Statistical Sampling Methodology is the Most Reliable to Validate Food Safety
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Which Statistical Sampling Methodology is the Most Reliable to Validate Food Safety with Eduardo Lopez, Ph.D. of NCA Europa.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/12/07/stastical-sampling-methodology-for-food-safety-testing
Duration: 37 minutes, 58 seconds.

Dr. Lopez earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, and a Master’s Degree in Numerical Methods, and a Master’s Degree in Operations Research, and a Ph.D. in Food Systems Management with a minor in Technology Assessment at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  His expertise is in Quality Engineering in automobile, plastics, pharaceutical and food manufacturing sectors. Since 1982 he has promoted the use of statistical tools for decision making in manufacturing and service environments and extended his consulting activities to Latin America, Spain and Portugal in the early 1990’s.
From 2003 to 2008, the Secretary of Economy of Mexico appointed him to the ISO Committee.
Dr. Lopez directs, NCA Europa headquartered in Monterrey, Mexico and GRUPO SINERGIA, Mexico City.

Agenda:

1. Introduction of Dr. Eduardo Lopez.
2. The need to screen finished products in food production.
3. The traditional food safety statistical sampling methodology.
4. How to design a statistically valid sampling plan for pathogen testing of produce in pre-harvest or finished product. 5. Dr. Lopez's suggestions for designing quality sampling plans.

Contact:

Eduardo López, Ph.D.
Director General
NCA EUROPA, S.A.
Mississippi 231-A Pte.
Colonia Del Valle
Garza Garcia, N.L. 66220 MEXICO
011-52-81-83-35-24-76
http://www.gsinergia.com" target="_blank">[email protected]
http://www.gsinergia.com

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Tags: Food safety , statistical sampling , testing methods , food safety , testing
0 Comments How a Food Production Facility Designs a Pest Control Plan with Steven Graff
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

How a Food Production Facility Designs a Pest Control Plan with Steven Graff of Abell Pest Control, Inc.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/30/how-a-food-production-facility-designs-a-pest-control-plan
Duration: 33 minutes, 12 seconds.

Steven Graff is the Quality Assurance Manager for Abell Pest Control Inc., a company with over 85 years industry presence. Abell Pest Control Inc. is a Canadian based company consisting of service branches located across Canada and the northern United States. Steven holds an Honours Biological Science degree from the University Of Guelph, Ontario, Canada with specialization in Wildlife Biology. He has been an employee with Abell Pest Control for 15 years with 4 years work experience as a Service Technician and 11 years experience within the Quality Assurance Department.

Steven’s main role is to ensure the quality of Abell’s services through directing his team of Auditors and Field Trainers, and developing company-training programs. Technical development, Client training, assessing and developing Client pest management programs, and special projects in Integrated Pest Management are also part of Steven’s responsibilities.

Agenda:

1. Steven Graff’s education, training and background.
2. Analyzing the potential for pest issues in a food production facility.
3. The crafting of a pest control plan throughout a facility.
4. How to assess the risk of pest control issues.
5. Establishing critical limits through scientific methods and documentation.
6. Validating the pest control service and team.
7. Documenting the pest control policy, including training, mandatory review dates, and governmental requirements.
8. Abell Group’s products and services.

Contact:

Steven Graff
Quality Assurance Manager
246 Attwell Drive, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9W 5B4
(416) 675-3305 x3329
F:(416) 675-6727
E: [email protected]
www.abellpestcontrol.com

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Tags: Food production , pest control , pest treatment , food safety
0 Comments The Best Alternatives to Improve Produce Safety and the Third Party Audit Process with Roy Costa, President of Environ Health Associates.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

The Best Alternatives to Improve Produce Safety and the Third Party Audit Process with a Food Auditor, Roy E. Costa, President, Environ Health Associates.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/25/the-best-alternatives-to-improve-produce-safety-audits
Duration; 34 minutes, 29 seconds.

Roy Costa is the founder and owner of the consulting firm Environ Health Associates, Inc.
Mr. Costa is a registered professional sanitarian with more than 30 years of environmental health practice in the academic, government and private sectors. Mr. Costa is a food safety consultant, educator, auditor and expert, with international experience.
Mr. Costa’s dynamic practice specializes in the prevention and control of contaminates that may be transmitted through food, environmental surfaces and water.
The best alternatives to improve produce safety and the third party audit process may include:
-Buyer financing and coordination of the audit
-Unannounced audits
-FDA involvement in the third party audit process including training and oversight
-Risk-based frequencies of regulatory compliance inspections, 2nd and 3rd party audits, and reassessments based on severity
-Transparency of all audit and inspection findings by all concerned
-Validated microbial standards
-Expanded use of 1st and 2nd party audits

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
[email protected]
www.haccptraining.org
www.safefoods.tv
www.HACCPprinciples.com
www.safefoodsblog.com

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Tags: Food safety , food audit , produce , third party audit
0 Comments Language Training for Primarily Spanish-Speaking Employees with Isaac Botbol
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 22, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Language Training for Primarily Spanish-Speaking Food Production Employees with Isaac Botbol, CEO and Founder, Training for Hispanics in the Workplace.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/11/language-training-for-primarily-spanish-speaking-employees
Duration: 39 minutes, 27 seconds.
For over 19 years Mr. Botbol has led his firm, Training for Hispanics in the Workplace in providing Bilingual Training leadership workshops. The workshops are specifically designed for the workplace learning needs of First Generation, non-English fluent Hispanic Team Leaders, Supervisors and Front Line employees. He received his academic training at York University in Toronto, Canada.

Agenda:
1. Learning styles and preferences of First Generation Hispanic front line food production employees.
2. Educational needs and issues of English-speaking managers who supervise primarily Spanish-speaking workers.
3. Safety and Hispanics in the workplace.
4. Communication issues with their supervisors, pay and monetary bonus for good performance, and lack of training on safety, health, and skills.
5. Increase the efficiency of Spanish-speaking workers
6. Avoidance of discrimination/harassment issues.
5. The firm’s products and services.

Contact:

Isaac Botbol
CEO & Founder
Training for Hispanics in the Workplace
Dallas, TX
972-991-7803
www.trainingforhispanics.com
[email protected]

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Tags: Food production , spanish language , employee training , supervision
0 Comments Will FSMA require food producers to test their products prior to shipment? by Marc Sanchez, JD/M.S. Itn'l Comm. Policy, Attorney & Consultant wth Social Media, Privacy, Food/FSMA Compliance, Recalls,
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:51 PM

Will FSMA require food producers to test their products prior to shipment? by 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.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/09/will-fsma-require-food-producers-to-test-their-products
Duration 24 minutes, 16 seconds.

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.

Agenda:
1. Introduction.
2. Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 Legislative intent for FDA, DHS.
3. Enactment timeframes for testing requirements.
4. Regulation requirements for food testing.
5. Penalties for non-compliance.

Contact:

Marc C. Sanchez
Attorney & Consultant
PO Box 8292 | Atlanta, GA 31106
404.895.4882
[email protected]
http://www.curiouslaw.com

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Tags: Food safety modernization act , fsma , testing , pathogen testing , regulations , food , non-compliance
0 Comments The testing of agricultural irrigation water for bacterial pathogens with Michael Casteel, Ph.D., President, Microbial Intelligence Group.
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:41 PM

The testing of agricultural irrigation water for bacterial pathogens with Michael Casteel, Ph.D., President, Microbial Intelligence Group.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/11/10/testing-agricultural-irrigation-water-bacterial-pathogens
Duration: 44 minutes, 35 seconds.

Previously a Research Microbiologist San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. His responsibilities included biosafety and QA/QC programs.
His research at the Univ. of North Carolina involved the development of methods for the isolation of human enteric pathogens on fruits and vegetables, in water, and in soil followed by detection using PCR and RT-PCR, in-vitro methods the detection of traditional (fecal coliforms; E. coli), microbial indicators in environmental media, and the development of methods for the chemical disinfection of enteric pathogens and microbial indicators on produce and in water.
Dr. Casteel earned his PhD in Environmental health microbiology/ infectious disease epidemiology and a MSPH, Environmental health microbiology at the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He obtained a BSEH from Old Dominion University.

Agenda:

1. Your introduction and background.
2. Why should agricultural irrigation water be tested for bacterial pathogens?
3. Which tests are traditionally performed?
4. What are the governmentally-required tests and reports?
5. Is there a difference between well water, canal water and rention pond water?
6. What products and services does the MICROBIAL INTELLIGENCE GROUP offer?

Contact:

Michael J. Casteel, Ph.D.
President
Microbial Intelligence Group, L.L.C.
Tele: 650-863-3453
Fax: 650-340-0391
[email protected]
www.microbial-intelligence-group.us

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Tags: Agricultural water , irrigation water , testing , pathogens , pcr , water testing
0 Comments US Food Import Regulations and Inspections from Mexico with Maruricio Rouselon, Sr. QA Manager, The Hershey Company. (Note: This interview is not as a representative of the Hershey Company).
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

US Food Import Regulations and Inspections from Mexico with Maruricio Rouselon, Sr. QA Manager, The Hershey Company.
Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/12/02/us-food-import-regulations-and-inspections-from-mexico
Duration: 19 minutes,11 seconds.
(Note: This interview is not as a representative of the Hershey Company).He has studied at the University of California at Davis and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, earning and MBA.
Mauricio is responsible for having the second largest plant in the HSY system exporting 30 to 50 truckloads a day - FDA inspected - of confectionary products to North America.

Agenda:
1.Introduction and background
2.Your experience with exporting food products into the US.
3.How the Food Safety Modernization Act will affect those operations
4.Recommendations and suggestions

 

Contact:

Mauricio Rousselon
Sr. QA Manager
THE HERSHEY COMPANY | Monterrey
International calls : +52 81 8154 1380
Mob. +521 81 1600 7815
Local calls: (81) 8154 1380
Mob. 04481 1600 7815
[email protected]

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Tags: Usa food regulations , import , food , mexico export , food shipment
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