Rising Above the Challenges of COVID-19: A Food Safety Industry Roundtable

National Food Safety Education Month Industry Roundtable Cosponsored by the NEHA Business and Industry Affiliate​ 

Sit in on a digital roundtable of food safety professionals who discussed the current challenges faced by food safety programs and highlight their successes. Roundtable presenters also answered questions about keeping a focus on food safety during this unprecedented time. 

September 29, 2020 
1:00–2:00 p.m. EDT 

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Caroline Friel 
QA Regulatory Compliance Manager 
Wawa, Inc. 

Caroline Friel graduated from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, with a bachelor of science in environmental health and completed a master's degree in public health from Temple University in Philadelphia. She started her career working as an environmental health officer in the UK. A visit to family in the Philadelphia area in 1990 resulted in a position as a public health officer with the City of Philadelphia Health Department. From there she moved on to a corporate sanitarian position with Acme Markets, then QA manager in a production facility. A further role in food safety consultancy led to a position with Wawa for the past 19 years. Friel is part of the Quality Assurance Risk and Safety team at Wawa and is responsible for all aspects of food safety compliance. She also oversees Wawa’s internal food safety audit program. 


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Sadri Jazayeri 
Quality Assurance, Food Safety Manager 
Taco Bell Corp 

Sadri Jazayeri has worked for Taco Bell Corp for over 7 years leading the restaurant level food safety team. In his time at Taco Bell, he has helped drive initiatives involving 3rd party restaurant audits, cleaning programs, pest program, and overall food safety training. Prior to Taco Bell, he worked in the biotech sector doing research in developing cancer diagnostic testing and then moving to experimental designs for vaccine validation as part of the clinical trials program. 



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James O'Neal 
Senior Manager, Brand Protection, Quality and Regulatory Compliance 

James O'Neal currently serves as brand protection manager for Denny’s assigned primarily to the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Upper Midwest focusing on food safety improvement, training, and regulatory issues. 

Prior to joining the Denny's team, O'Neal began his career in 2002 at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control where he started in the General Sanitation and Onsite Wastewater program before transitioning to the Food Protection program. He then moved to the private sector as part of the grocery industry in 2005 with Diversey, Inc, in support of the Food Protection and Workplace Safety program at Bi-Lo supermarkets serving stores in Georgia and South Carolina. In 2012, he joined Food Lion supermarkets where he spent the next 5 years as a food safety specialist supporting stores and distribution centers in six southeastern states. 

O'Neal received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from Clemson University in 2002. He holds both REHS/RS and CP-FS credentials from NEHA.