The Language of the Preventive Controls for Human Food Rule

Recently, I sat in a room with 20-some food safety experts eager to learn about the curriculum for the Preventive Controls for Human Food rule. The FDA-recognized curriculum is used as the primary means to call oneself a Preventive Controls…

What I want all my students to know about Listeria

The FDA guidance on Listeria is now out in draft form. I have known about Listeria since I was in grad school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. That is when I learned about Listeria, but farmers and vets had known much longer.…
System Update - Process Flow

Software Update - Process Flow

It's all about Flow! Announcing the major release of the process flow drawing capabilities to help make Food Safety Plans even easier! In the continuous pursuit to make the complex task of developing Food Safety Plans simpler, the ConnectFood…
ConnectFood - Measuring risk - Food Safety Plans

Do I really need a food safety plan?

Do I really need a food safety plan? Start here. Facilities registered with the FDA as manufacturing food must comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act final rule, Current Good Manufacturing Practice, Hazard Analysis, and Risk-Based…

What is the Food Safety Modernization Act?

In June 2016 I started teaching a workshop with FDA-recognized curriculum. Everyone was there to get a certificate as a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI). After a day of training, someone asked, “What is FSMA?” Much to my own…
Senator Durbin and Governor Rauner

Senator Durbin and Governor Rauner Talk Importance of Locally Grown Food

Congratulations to Jim Slama and the FamilyFarmed team for hosting another amazing Good Food Festival and thanks to all the exhibitor companies for showing off their phenomenal products! This year’s event was extra special with visits…
Jim Slama, FamilyFarmed Interview

Jim Slama of Family Farmed talks with ConnectFood about Local Food and the Good Food Festival

Jim Slama, President of FamilyFarmed.org sat with Matthew Botos, CEO of ConnectFood and Richard Shell of Wagner&Shell to talk about Local Food and the upcoming and exciting Good Food Festival Some of the highlighted sections of the interview…
Chicago Section Institute of Food Technologists Dinner

Food Safety, Security, Sustainability, and Connectivity at the CSIFT Dinner Meeting

Food Companies and all of their various components are going to be affected by and responding to the FSMA; this includes such diverse food activities, including food manufacturing, production, and sales from Farm-to-Fork. ConnectFood was…
Hurricane Food Safety Trucks

Hurricane Sandy and Food Trucks: The Wisdom of "Form Ever Follows Function"

As Louis Sullivan, a Chicago guy of the early 20th Century, could have warned us about the food and fuel issues of Sandy’s aftermath: “Form Ever Follows Function.” Crisis has a way of focusing things down to the essential. In the case…