Webinar Archive

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  • Avoiding Premature Water Activity Testing Results When Meeting Safety Regulations

    Organized by: Low Water Activity Foods PDG

    Government, risk-based product safety programs require water activity testing monitoring to mitigate risk, and these results must be reliable. Consequently, water activity testing methods need to be verified, meet the requirements of standard methods, and represent true equilibrium values. Water activity testing requires a vapor equilibration step that cannot be artificially sped up and fast water activity results are likely not meeting this requirement of vapor equilibrium. To illustrate the potential problems of premature results, several common food products were tested continuously in several manufacturer’s water activity instruments. The results indicate that less stringent end-of-test requirements did produce premature results that were different by as much as 0.03 aw than the final equilibrium results. This webinar will discuss the requirements of common water activity standard methods and the danger of failing audits when relying on premature water activity values.

    Learning Objectives:
    •An overview of the role of water activity testing in meeting government regulations
    •The requirements for water activity testing to meet standard methods and government regulations
    •Why fast water activity results may be premature and not fully reliable
    •The importance of understanding the impact of end-of-test settings
    •Best practices for optimizing test time while still obtaining reliable results

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    • Brad Taylor, Presenter Brigham Young University
    • Brady Carter, Presenter Neutec Group
    • Laure Pujol, Moderator Novolyze
  • Does Your Food Safety Culture Bridge the Multi-Cultural Challenges?

    Organized by: Food Safety Culture PDG

    While food safety culture may be defined by the values, beliefs, and policies of a business, success is determined by the applied behaviors of its people. How does a global food manufacturing or retail business bridge its peoples’ multi-cultural and diverse beliefs and behaviors to continue to grow an equitable and inclusive food safety culture within its facilities, across internationally located sites, and throughout its supply chains?

    To address these challenges, while continuing to successfully grow a cohesive food safety culture across regional and international sites, the expert panel will discuss best practices in diversity, equity, empowerment, and inclusion. Participants will gain insights on tools focusing on education, communication, and assessment of their food safety culture progress as well as practical examples of applied best practices.

    Through practical, real-life examples from the panel experts in the supply, manufacturing, and retail, participants will learn:

    -How to gain buy-in from and engage top-level management in the food safety culture journey
    -How to build employee commitment and retention from day one of hire
    -What tools can help in the implementation of a global, multi-cultural, multi-functional approach to food safety culture

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    • Austin Welch, Presenter Sage Media
    • Hugo Gutierrez, Presenter Kerry
    • Rolando Gonzalez, Presenter The Acheson Group (TAG)
    • Megan Kenjora, Presenter The Hershey Company
    • Dr. Liliana Casal-Wardle, Moderator The Acheson Group (TAG)
  • Foundations of Produce Safety in Hydroponic and Aquaponic Operations

    Organized by the Fruit and Vegetable Safety and Quality Professional Development Group

    Hydroponic and aquaponic crop production systems are growing in popularity, number, and scale. Many of these operations may be covered under the FSMA Produce Safety Rule or be subject to third-party audits, raising questions among growers, Extension professionals, researchers, and consultants about produce safety hazards, risk assessment, and other considerations in these operations. In this webinar, we will introduce the diversity of hydroponic and aquaponic operations, key concepts for produce safety risk assessment, and primary considerations for FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance. We will also solicit feedback from the audience about their experiences and questions regarding produce safety in hydroponics and aquaponics.

    Learning Objectives:
    • Understand the diversity among hydroponic and aquaponic (HP/AP) operations and what these growing systems look like.
    • Gain awareness of key topic areas relevant to produce safety in HP/AP operations.
    • Understand the primary considerations relevant to FSMA Produce Safety Rule compliance in HP/AP operations.
    • Participants share experiences and perceived educational and research needs, contributing to future programming and materials development.

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    • Sean Fogarty, Presenter University of Vermont - Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety
    • Gretchen Wall, Moderator International Fresh Produce Association