Workshop 1 - Demystifying Dry Cleaning: Understanding the When, How and Why of Dry Cleaning & Sanitizing (Disinfecting)

Workshop Registration Fees

  • Members $825.00
  • Non-Members $925.00
  • Student TBD
  • Late-fee $75.00

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Workshop Description

With the increasing knowledge about the potential risks posed by pathogens and allergen cross-contamination especially in lower moisture foods, manufacturers are looking to evolve their cleaning and sanitation practices and many are needing to turn to dry cleaning.

To many there is a lot of mystery and misunderstanding about dry cleaning which this 2-day workshop is intended to help answer.  Questions such as what methods are considered dry? When should dry methods be used? What risks will the methods reduce or possibly introduce? The participants will also better understand the latest science and practical techniques that can be used for the execution of a dry-cleaning program.  Finally the workshop will cover the current research but also gaps in our understanding.

During the workshop, attendees will get a hands-on opportunity and learn the fundamentals of the dry-cleaning process as well as how to conduct a risk assessment for dry cleaning, to ensure the best approach. They will experience, numerous dry cleaning tools and methods, including but not limited to, the use of dry vapor steam, vacuums, dry ice blasting, manual cleaning, chemical selection for sanitizing/disinfecting such as CO2 propelled alcohol, floor and shoe treatment methods, UV, heat, gaseous (e.g., ClO2, 03), and hot oil and product flushes.

Attendees will get a hands-on opportunity to try numerous dry-cleaning tools and methods and learn the verification and validation methods in team activities.  Finally, the workshop will make the connection between dry-cleaning practices and other food safety programs that can be impacted such as Recall & Lot Controls, Pathogen Environmental Monitoring, Hygienic Zoning, and Hygienic Design.

The combination of these learnings will provide attendees with a practical approach to dry cleaning and enable them to challenge their existing cleaning regimens and initiate the implementation of a dry-cleaning process in their companies/facilities.

Who Should Attend

Participants should be either directly or indirectly responsible for cleaning and sanitizing/disinfecting including academia, regulatory, research and development, sanitation, quality, food safety and/or operations.

Workshop Instructors

  • Nate Anderson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Bedford Park, IL, USA
  • Neil Bogart, Ecolab, Birmingham, AL, USA
  • Kevin Lorcheim, Clordisys Solutions, Inc., Branchburg, NJ, USA
  • Yvonne Masters, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elgin, IL, USA
  • Lynne McLandsborough, University of Massachusetts. Amherst, MA, USA
  • Nathan Mirdamadi, Commercial Food Sanitation, Joplin, MO, USA
  • Gerardo Morantes, Buhler Inc., Plymouth, MN, USA
  • Stacy Ostromecki, Sterilex, Denver, CO, USA
  • Stacey Popham, Barry Callebaut, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Evan Reyes, Goodway Technologies, Stamford, CT, USA
  • Debra Smith, Vikan, Swindon, United Kingdom
  • Jamie Vaca, The Hershey Company, Hershey, PA, USA

Workshop Organizers

  • Kevin Lorcheim, Clordisys Solutions, Inc., Branchburg, NJ, USA
  • Yvonne Masters, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elgin, IL, USA
  • Nathan Mirdamadi, Commercial Food Sanitation, Joplin, MO, USA