Supply Chain Preventive Controls

You have a supply chain program. The supply chain program is a prerequisite programfor the safe manufacture of your product. For your ingredients, packaging and other materials, you are sourcing the best materials at the price you are willing…

Illinois Food Safety Symposium 2017: Five Things I Learned

By Kathy Knutson, Ph.D., Lead Instructor for Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCHF), Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI), and trained in prevention of Intentional Adulteration (IA) Day One of the Illinois Food Safety Symposium…
Sanitation team at a food factory

Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs)

In the blog post, The Basics of Sanitation in the Food Industry, I laid the foundation for a successful sanitation program. I discussed: What is soil? The sanitation crew members are your most valuable employees. There are four crucial…
Man washing machines at a factory

Sanitation Basics in the Food Industry

Today I am writing an introduction to cleaning and sanitizing procedures. Twenty years ago, I believed most spoilage issues and contamination of food were due to poor cleaning and sanitizing. The food manufacturing environment is much more complex…

Recall: Lessons Learned - Part 2

In a previous ConnectFood blog, Recalls: Lessons Learned, I wrote about some personal experience working with industry during recalls. I discussed: Are you sure you must initiate a recall? Get yourself a good lawyer. Don’t move…
Product Recall

Recalls: Lessons Learned

In the last year, I have worked side-by-side with industry folks as they navigate the aftermath of a recall. Every recall is unique and presents its own unique challenges, but here are some lessons I learned and can share with you. That is,…
laboratory worker - process authority

What is a Food Process Authority?

Your FDA inspector will ask to see your validation study in your food safety plan. We have been talking to many companies who need a validation study of their kill step. In a previous post in this blog, Validation of Thermal Processes, I wrote…
Inspectors at a food factory

FDA and the State of Wisconsin Agree to Recognize Each Other’s Inspections

At the Food Safety Summit 2017 I heard an announcement that piqued my interest. The FDA and my home state of Wisconsin have an agreement for recognizing the other’s inspections. There will not be duplicate inspections! That is great news.…

What is FDA Going to Look for When They Swab?

Swab samples taken by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are intended to find pathogens, if present: Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, or pathogenic Escherichia coli. These are three pathogens to put fear in the strongest food safety professional.…