Food Safety Webinars

Have You Been Cleaning Wrong All Along: How Overlooking the Cleaning Step Hurts the Sanitation Goals of the Food Code

November 15, 2023

Are food contact surfaces that look clean to the naked eye clean? Food soils can remain undetected on dishes, glasses, utensils, and equipment, rendering sanitizers ineffective to kill pathogens to safe levels. In this technical presentation, we'll unpack why decontamination, i.e., the process of properly cleaning food contact surfaces before sanitizing them can occur, is inadvertently overlooked in food establishments by dishwashers, persons in charge or even inspectors. Scientific evidence supporting the need for further scrutiny of the cleaning process, and cleaning products, is provided to inform stakeholders on how to best achieve the sanitation goals of the Food Code through better cleaning.

Speaker

Dr. Juan Goncalves, Procter & Gamble Professional, Scientific Information Manager and Senior Scientist

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Overview of USDA’S Food Safety and Inspection Service

November 2, 2023

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) responsible for ensuring that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products, whether domestic or imported, is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. This webinar gives a broad overview of FSIS’ roles and responsibilities in protecting public health through food safety. We also provide insight on FSIS’ Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA) as this is the program area within FSIS that conducts surveillance and investigative activities at businesses that handle meat, poultry, and egg products for commerce; investigation of foodborne illness outbreaks; response to natural disaster and intentional contamination events; and enforcement of FSIS criminal, civil and administrative sanctions, and authorities.

Speakers

Thomas Collaro, USDA, Deputy Regional Director for the Northeast Region within FSIS’ Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit

Robert Bane, Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA)

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