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0 Comments Food Safety Modernization with David Acheson, MD
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 PM

David Acheson M.D., Managing Director, Food and Import Safety at Leavitt Partners and former Associate Commissioner for foods at the FDA discusses the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Click: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ame-foodtestingshow/2011/09/30/food-safety-discussion-with-david-acheson-md

David W. K. Acheson, M.D., F. R.C.P, is a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Associate Commissioner for Foods, which gave him an agency-wide leadership role for all food and feed issues, including health promotion and nutrition. Since August 2009, Dr. Acheson has been Managing Director for Food and Import Safety at Leavitt Partners LLC, a consulting firm with offices in Salt Lake City and Washington, D.C.
Total time: 26 minutes and 41 seconds of recorded interview.

Contact:

Dr. David W. K. Acheson
Washington, D.C.
[email protected]

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Tags: Food safety food safety modernization act of 2011 fda
0 Comments Food Outbreak Litigation with Bill Marler, JD
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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: [email protected]
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
0 Comments Food Safety Issues in Transportation with a Food Auditor
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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
[email protected]
www.haccptraining.org
www.safefoods.tv
www.HACCPprinciples.com
www.safefoodsblog.com

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Tags: Food safety transportation disinfection
0 Comments Preventing Bacterial Pathogens in Food Packaging interview with Marc Sanchez, JD/MS
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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
[email protected]

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Tags: Food safety food packaging food regulations
0 Comments Ranking the Risks: The 10 Pathogen-Food Combinations with Michael Batz
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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
[email protected]

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Tags: Food safety foodborne pathogens
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 5:27 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
[email protected]
www.infectioncontroltech.com

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Tags: Food safety disinfection mold remediation cleanup treatment
0 Comments Food Temperature and Monitoring with Timestrip's Dan Hafen
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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
[email protected]
http://www.timestrip.com

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Tags: Food safety temperature control human pathogens monitoring remote monitoring
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 21, 2013 at 5:27 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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0 Comments Which Statistical Sampling Methodology is the Most Reliable to Validate Food Safety
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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 Enhanced Food Safety--From Ship and Pray to Test and Release with Andy Moreno
Posted by Andy Moreno on March 21, 2013 at 5:27 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

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