Storage and Distribution: The Forgotten Food Safety Link

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Product Format
Prerecorded Event
75 Minutes
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Insights on Storage and Distribution Links

Storage and distribution links are critical links in the food supply chain.  When not handled properly, food adulteration and loss of shelf life are likely to occur.  Suspicion of food adulteration provides all the evidence the FDA needs to intercept and stop food shipments whether they are local or cross international boundaries.  There is impact to carriers, shippers and receivers under the FDA FSMA proposed rules on the sanitary transportation of human and animal foods that impacts intrastate, intrastate and international food transportation.  Last September, the cantaloupe listeria outbreak allowed the FDA to jail, fine, sue and put the responsible company out of business for interstate transportation.

In this presentation, Dr. John Ryan will provide updates about new FDA rules and provide guidance and standards for the safe and quality control practices needed to protect perishable food products while meeting newly evolving standards and legal requirements. Precool of containers and trailers, driver training and responsibilities and control of tools used in food handling processes are all in need of upgrading and control.

Topics covered in session:

  • The 2014 FDA FSMA proposed rules for sanitary transportation of human and animal foods
  • Exemptions from the rules
  • How the FDA works with Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection
  • Impact to carriers, shippers and receivers
  • Preventive planning and risk reduction
  • Meeting market shelf life and legal sanitation and temperature control requirements
  • Impact to carriers, shippers and receivers
  • Responsibilities of food handlers, drivers and others handling food in distribution and carrier operations
  • Sanitation of tools used in the distribution and transportation operations
  • Trailer and container precool
  • Cost effective tools and techniques critical storage and distribution operations
  • Management responsibilities

Objective of the session:

  • Recommended standards will be provided
  • Links to critical FDA FSMA rules
  • The newest, low cost temperature monitoring and tracking technologies
  • Training options and resources
  • Recommended sanitation and testing tools and procedures
  • Recommended other resources such as a comprehensive book on the Guidance to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation Processes
  • A simple container inspection checklist to provide self-assessment

Who should attend

  • Transportation related food safety specialists and internal audit team members
  • Shipper growers
  • Food retailers
  • Distribution center operations personnel
  • Restaurant
  • Carrier management
  • Logistics personnel at food distribution and carrier operations
  • Internal food safety and quality team members
  • Warehouse receiving and shipping team members and process Operators
  • Food quality and food safety management personnel
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Recall Team Members
  • Internal and External Auditors who review facility quality assurance and food safety programs
  • Customers who want to understand best practices that they should require of their carriers
  • Executives for processing, transportation, retail and restaurant operations

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About Our Speaker

Dr. John Ryan - Food Safety Program Expert

Dr. John Ryan holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He has been working on transportation food safety issues since 2011 after retiring from his position as the administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture's Quality Assurance Division where he headed up Hawaii’s commodity inspection, food safety certification and measurement standards service groups. He has won awards for traceability technology for his visionary...   More Info
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