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Environmental Contamination of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Foods and the Role of Environment
Wednesday, August 22nd at 1:00pm EST
Online sale ends: 08/22/18 at 12:45pm EST
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Bethesda, MD 20817
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John Ryan

   One of the three most critical food safety issues facing the food industry today is environmental contamination of ready-to-eat foods (RTEs). Ready-to-eat foods have no kill step applied between the sale of the product and consumption by consumers. Demand for such product is drastically increasing as consumers look for increasing levels of convenience. 

   Over the past several years, FDA recall investigations have repeatedly shown that most farms are impacted by a myriad of environmental bacterial contaminants, man applied chemicals and impossible to remove physical hazards. The FDA has failed to report these findings due to the inability of science and technology to quickly test for and verify such contaminants prior to shipment to market. 

   In other words, there is no lower tier solution available to protect the downstream supply chain or the consuming public. 

Why ? 

   RTE supply chain members need to begin to understand the risk levels that exist at farms, through processing and into the consuming public. In many instances, farm level bacterial contamination is simply not controllable meaning that producer and processor controls become ever more critical. 

   While fresh produce represents only one type of RTE, environmental contaminants abound and, indeed, new ones are being discovered daily. Farms are left without a low cost, portable, quick turn-around ability to test water, product and soil. With a 2-3-day lag between harvest and test results, the supply chain is laid open to multiple liability levels. 

   This webinar will review the issues surrounding the potential impact of bacteria in RTE foods from the farm through packing, processing and into the consuming public. Seafood (raw, smoked, preserved), produce (raw, dried vegetables and fruit), dairy products (soft cheese, un-ripened and ripened cheese, hard cheese, processed cheese, pasteurized and unpasteurized milk, ice cream frozen dairy products, cultured milk (yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk), high fat dairy products (butter, cream), meat (frankfurters, sausages, deli meats, pate and meat spreads), and salads all have risk levels with some RTEs ranking at “Very High Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, Moderate Low Risk and Low Risk levels”. 

   The importance of time and temperature controls and the use of microorganism reduction strategies, cross contamination, cross contact (allergens) and controls all impact these risk levels and should be understood with regards to varying consumer ages, health, the length of time foods remain refrigerated prior to consumption and other variables. 

Objectives : 

    • Understand the risks associated with Ready to Eat (RTE) foods
    • Review farm level contamination bacterial and chemical levels (water and produce)
    • Review risk levels for various bacteria and RTEs
    • Review research related to environmental pathogens
    • Understand the need for future preventive solutions

Areas Covered in the Session : 

    1. Definitions (RTEs, etc.)
    2. Liability
    3. A study of farm level biological and chemical contaminants
    4. Recalls
    5. Research Findings
    6. Risk levels for various RTEs
    7. Some Available Resources

Who Will Benefit: 

    • Procurement Officers
    • U.S. food processors, distributors, retailers and restaurant chains 
    • Restaurant and retail inventory control and buyers
    • Foreign food producers, importers and exporters 
    • Food safety and quality specialists

About Speaker: 

   Dr. John Ryan is a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PQCI) specializing in food safety process control and food safety plan validation. He holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods and has extensive international manufacturing quality and operations experience in large and small manufacturing operations. He is a retired Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division administrator. He currently operates two business divisions focused on preventive control validation at http://www.RyanSystems.com and food safety during transportation operations at http://www.SanitaryColdChain.com. His latest book entitled “ Validating Preventive Food Safety and Quality Controls: An Organizational Approach to System Design and Implementation” is now available from Barnes & Noble or Amazon. 

Organizer: Compliance Training Panel
Email: support@compliancetrainingpanel.com
Phone: 844-216-5230

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1:00pm to 2:00pm
Doors open at 1:00pm

General Admission: $229.00


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