Best Sanitation Practices in Food Processing Plants
Join industry professionals for this half-day breakfast event to learn about the best sanitation practices for processing plants. Sessions will be delivered by PSSI Sanitation Inc. and NSF International's technical experts who will cover best practices in sanitary maintenance needed to guard facilities against a food safety crisis.
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am to 8:55 am
8:55 am to 9:00 am
Iain Wright, Technical Manager, Training & Education, NSF International
Development of Your Environmental Monitoring Program to Verify Sanitation Effectiveness in a Ready-to-Eat Food Plant
9:00 am to 9:45 am
"Health Canada Policy on Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-to-Eat Foods (RTE)" states that environmental monitoring program (EMP) should be included in all plants used in the production of RTE foods. Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) require manufacturers of RTE products to have a risk-based EMP. EMP is the most sensitive tool to verify sanitation effectiveness, control of the environment and risk of product contamination. For regulatory compliance, recall prevention, customer satisfaction, and consumer protection, development and implementation of a risk-based, cost-effective EMP is urgent and important.
Dr. Ruby Lee, MSc, PhD, CQA, CHA, President, Lee Food Microbiologists Inc. & Senior Microbiologist, NSF International
Approaches to Allergen Management, Cleaning and Validation
9:45 am to 10:30 am
Undeclared allergens account for almost 50% of the food recalls internationally on an annual basis. Inadvertent allergen cross contact with others foods through inadequately cleaned equipment is an issue that can present a risk to allergic consumers. Allergen removal through cleaning of shared equipment or processing lines is a critical point for effective allergen control. Key to ensuring adequate removal is the validation and verification of the efficacy of the allergen cleaning methods used.
Jennifer McCreary, Technical Manager, Training and Education Services, NSF International
Networking & Coffee Refresh
10:30 am to 10:45 am
Overall Best Practices in Plant Sanitation
10:45 am to 11:30 am
Resources, time, and frequency of cleaning are some of the key elements to a robust sanitation program. The processing environment and sanitary design of equipment along with effective sanitation protocols and procedures contribute to the overall success of a sanitation program. A well managed, and documented program are critical in guarding your facility against a food safety crisis.
Todd Mitchell, Vice President, Technical Services, PSSI Sanitation Inc.
Closing Comments & Adjourn
11:30 am to 11:45 am