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IFSQN Webinar: The Influence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Food Industry

Posted by Simon, in Webinars & Training 19 March 2020 - - - - - - · 975 views

IFSQN Webinar: The Influence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Food Industry Taking Place: Wednesday, March 25. 6-7 PM London (2-3 PM EST).  Due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic the IFSQN team have prepared a special webinar for the food industry. In this webinar we will discuss known data about the virus, general steps of prevention and continuity of operations in your food production. The webinar will cover pe...


Training Webinar: Practical Internal Auditor Training for Food Operations (4-hour, March 20)

Posted by Simon, in Webinars & Training 13 March 2020 - - - - - - · 972 views

Taking place: Friday, March 20 (2 PM to 6 PM UK, 10 AM to 2 PM Eastern USA). 
This webinar will enable participants to develop practical knowledge of the principles of internal auditing enabling them to participate as part of your internal audit team. The webinar provides instruction on how to implement an Internal Audit system and how to prepare, co...


No Food Safety without Food Defense

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 08 March 2020 - * * * * * · 826 views
Food Defense
No Food Safety without Food Defense It is common knowledge that food industry sees a high rate of employee turnover – both in the food service sector which sees up to 100% annual turnover1 , or manufacturing where labor shortages abound2 . This may give some employers pause when asked “do you really know the employees in your facility?” While in general, close scrutiny and quality assurance...


Top 5 HACCP non-conformities – and how to fix them

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 16 January 2020 - * * * * * · 3,896 views

Top 5 HACCP non-conformities – and how to fix them Why is the HACCP plan the food safety system for excellence?  For at least 50 years, HACCP has been the main protocol proven to adequately manage and understand food safety. When a recall or an intoxication happens, most of the times the root cause analysis was due to poor prerequisites implementation, rather than to an inadequate HACCP design. ...


Merry Christmas from IFSQN

Posted by Simon, in Website Updates 23 December 2019 - - - - - - · 1,761 views

Merry Christmas from IFSQN A warm hello to all members of the IFSQN community wherever you are in the world. Once again, I’m dressed in my Santa outfit and that can only mean one thing IT’S CHRISTMAS!!! Today we’ll be winding down for a much-needed rest and to celebrate with friends and family. Of course, the forums will still be open, but it may be a little quieter than usual...


A recent case of deadly Listeria outbreak in Spain

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 25 November 2019 - * * * * * · 2,574 views
listeria monocytogenes
A recent case of deadly Listeria outbreak in Spain For those of you who do not live in Spain here is the background. In August this year, Spain had a Listeria monocytogenes recall in thermal treated pork meat. This outbreak resulted in at least 3 pregnant women had to abort, at least two elderly people died, and more than 250 people were hospitalized. The product that they had consumed was a refrigerated...


The double food safety standard in organic food production

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 16 September 2019 - - - - - - · 2,629 views
organic food, organic food safety
The double food safety standard in organic food production Most people would agree that electric cars are more environmentally-friendly than normal cars, but what if suddenly the traffic-lights didn’t apply for electric cars and they didn’t have to stop when the light turns red? Would people be comfortable driving in the traffic then? As a food safety auditor with more than 20 years in the industry, this is...


5 Reasons Why Your Customer Complaint Program May Not be Working for You

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 12 September 2019 - * * * * * · 4,251 views
Customer complaints, complaint
5 Reasons Why Your Customer Complaint Program May Not be Working for You Why are customer complaint programs so essential in today’s food industry? While it is always better to catch and prevent hazards in-house than to deal with customer backlash later (or even find yourself sorting out a recall), most food professionals find that complaints are unavoidable. Whether your “customer” is the actual consumer or a client company,...


Top 5 Things for a Successful Audit by a Food Safety Auditor

Posted by Simon, in Food Safety 25 July 2019 - * * * * * · 4,001 views
food safety, audit
Top 5 Things for a Successful Audit by a Food Safety Auditor I work as a food safety auditor since more than 20 years. I started my career in Latin-America, and for the last 10 years I work in Europe. I have a scientific background with a PhD in Chemistry and over the years I worked with most standards and categories in the food industry. As a reader of IFSQN you are probably an auditee which means that you are on...


Friday's Webinar Training: Nurturing a Behavioral Based Food Safety Culture

Posted by Simon, in Webinars & Training 24 July 2019 - - - - - - · 6,401 views

Taking place:  
26 Jul 2019 - 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (UK Time Zone), 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern 
Over and over again out industry faces food safety incidents that, in hindsight, were 100% preventable. This occurs in organizations certified to high level standards which include an in-depth HACCP program. 
Root cause analysis most often uncovers...






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