Cross Contamination Flow through the Food Supply Chain

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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 opportunities and dangers for cross contamination.

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.

If chicken residue is left in a truck trailer and that trailer is not appropriately sanitized and tested prior to picking up a load of lettuce, the potential for salmonella to impact the health and lives of hundreds of people are at stake. Molds or yeast left over from one load can impact the next several loads.

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 that include improved management practices covering sanitation, pre cool, temperature monitoring, training and record keeping.

Why you should Attend: The food industry is in dire need of expanding proven cross contamination thinking and practices to a more comprehensive and preventive level.

This 1 hour session 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.


Areas Covered in the Session:

*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:

*Cross contamination trainers and specialists



*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


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Speaker: John Ryan, Owner, Ryan Systems Inc

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 and pioneering work. He is the president of the Ryan Systems, Inc.

His latest book “Validating Preventative Food Safety and Quality Controls: An Organizational Approach to System Design and Implementation”, January, 2017 is available on most book websites.

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