Controlling Cross Contamination Through the Supply Chain

(Webinar length:  1 hr 24 min)


Most information and training surrounding food cross contamination is focused primarily on bacteria in the kitchen and the need to separate utensils and work area of one type of food from another. However, supply chain and food distribution flows provide much greater dangers.

Cross contamination in the kitchen represents the tip of the iceberg and often ignores allergens, pesticides, glutens, yeasts, molds and most other adulterants as food moves through distribution channels in shared loads, on dirty pallets, and in poorly sanitized trucks. A much more comprehensive approach that protects food from cross contamination and humans from illness and death is required. The potential for cross contamination begins at the producer and includes all containers used to move food through the supply chain.

With the proposed FSMA’s rules on the sanitary transportation of human and animal foods, risk reduction and preventive planning become key factors. New requirements for food transportation include improved management practices covering sanitation, pre cool, temperature monitoring, training and record keeping.

Why you should attend:

This webinar focuses on potential cross contamination points from farm harvest bins, onto pallets and through load and unload operations and into truck trailers and shipping containers. A comprehensive, risk reducing preventive approach is presented along with a basic set of low cost tools covering temperature monitoring, sanitation, environmental protection, traceability, sampling and test, training, documentation and transporter certification and insurance coverage.

Learning objectives:

  • Expand your thinking about cross contamination to include your suppliers, carriers and the supply chain
  • Review FDA FSMA thinking and proposed rules
  • Establish a company path towards meeting new rules
  • Identify resources designed to help meet requirements – review the costs
  • Establish new procedures, training, monitoring and documentation practices
  • Be able to select the correct sanitation test and cleaning solutions
  • Qualify your supply chain to reduce your liability and insurance costs

Areas covered in this webinar:

  • Practices for preventing cross contamination in food distribution channels
  • Product and services designed to establish a preventive program
  • How to upgrade your sanitation, testing, temperature monitoring and record keeping procedures
  • Points of potential cross contamination in distribution centers, pick and place operations, packing houses, trucks, pallets, bins, trays, and other food carrying containers.
  • FDA FSMA proposed rules on the sanitary transportation of human and animal foods
  • Sanitation and temperature controls
  • Traceability through logistics processes
  • Proposed procedures for company use

Who will benefit from this webinar:

  • Cross contamination trainers and specialists
  • Growers
  • Shippers
  • Food Safety internal and external auditors and audit team members
  • Shipper Supervisor and Managers
  • Sanitation and temperature specialists
  • Food carriers and their drivers
  • Food retailer and restaurant chains
  • Distribution center operations personnel
  • Carrier and food transportation management
  • Internal food safety and quality team members
  • Food Buyers and Supply Chain Qualifiers

Presenter: Dr. John Ryan:

Dr. Ryan is the President of and holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He has recently retired 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. His latest book published is “Guide to Food Safety During Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices” is now offered by Elsevier Press. Dr. Ryan’s Company tests new cold chain technologies and certifies food and drug transporters to TransCert standards. For more than 25 years, he has implemented quality control systems for international corporations in the United States and around the world.



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