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Protecting Farms, Retailers, Restaurants and Distributors from Chemical and Biological Contaminants: Modules 1 and 2

While “food safety certification” requires little or no hard data on biological and chemical contaminants, produce buyers have almost no ability to protect themselves and their customers against adulterated fresh produce.  Moreover, farms have almost no way to gain control over water quality or chemical use production processes.

 The 1.1 hour recorded webinar is designed help producers and buyers to jointly protect their businesses through food safety and quality planning. The webinar outlines water and product testing strategies designed to assure that transported produce meets biological and chemical contamination control limits.  The planning approach presented is designed to help both buyers and sellers agree to establish protocols focused on food safety through improved farm process controls.

This Food Safety and Quality Planning webinar is the second in a series presented by http://www.QualityInFoodSafety.com. 

In this webinar:

  1. Produce buyers will learn concepts critical to assuring that proper farm water and produce testing are conducted in a manner designed to provide preventive food safety controls.  Asking the right questions and reviewing the right farm supplied data are critical to protecting consumers at the retail and restaurant levels regardless of food safety certification documents.
  2. Produce suppliers will learn when and where to sample water and food produce in order to protect their customers and consumers.   

Areas covered in this webinar:

  • Protecting yourself and your company from farm level contaminants
  • The danger of  crop watering system biofilms
  • Farm level total coliform, fecal coliform and E. coli on crops and in watering systems
  • Fungicide, insecticide and herbicide produce residues in water and on produce
  • Test sampling plans and procedures
  • Water and produce testing
  • Costs of testing and analysis
  • Managing farm freedom from biological and chemical contamination

Who will benefit from this webinar:

  • Retail and restaurant food buyers
  • Chefs
  • Produce grower-shippers and distributors
  • Farmers
  • Food quality and food safety personnel
  • AFDO Officials and IFT members
  • FDA food safety specialists
  • Food safety systems consultants
  • Food safety compliance personnel
  • Food safety audit personnel and certification bodies
  • Food quality and operations management
  • Distribution center personnel

Presenter--Dr. John Ryan

Dr. Ryan was the Administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture's Quality Assurance Division and a co-chair of the newly formed FDA/CDC food protection information technology team. He has spent over 25 years implementing high technology quality control systems for international corporations and implemented Hawaii’s RFID traceability and State Food Safety Certification system. Dr. Ryan specializes in closed-loop quality control systems employing real-time traceability, sensor measurement devices and process controls. He has recently implemented the country's first farm-distribution-retail RFID pilot system tracking produce through the food supply chain.

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