What to Read
What to Read
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The QA Holiday Reading (and Watching) List

Got some extra time on your hands this week? Skip that third re-watch of "Ted Lasso," and check out these stories and webinars covering topics such as food safety culture, food fraud and more.

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December 27, 2021

Got some extra time on your hands this week? Skip that third re-watch of "Ted Lasso," and check out these stories and webinars covering topics such as food safety culture, food fraud and much more.

Reading List

Food safety advocate Darin Detwiler’s TEDx Talk puts a call out for taking up a heroic task: preventing foodborne illness.

Dr. David Acheson helps untangle some of the alphabet soup behind FDA’s proposed traceability rule.

As FDA deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine when FSMA was passed, Michael Taylor was responsible for directing its rulemaking and implementation.

The increased demands of buyers are putting pressure on produce safety workers.

The pandemic prompted the entire world to zero in on cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. But it’s also provided an opportunity for the food industry to refocus on its processes and procedures, including what each step in this process actually means.

Corporate responsibility — including environmental sustainability — is not only the right thing to do, it is now somewhat irresponsible to ignore, writes QA columnist and advisory board member Michael Burness.

Variety Show: Diversifying by adding new products is a time-honored tradition for adding revenue. But it takes more than simple math to get it right.

Instead of returning to normal as the pandemic releases its grip, let’s get better, writes Bruce Ferree.

Before you partner with a lab or create an in-house testing site, be sure these capabilities are in place.

Rodent monitoring can be a powerful pest control tool if deployed correctly, writes Chelle Hartzer, consulting entomologist at 360 Pest and Food Safety Consultant.

Since its founding by Dave Thomas in 1969, the Wendy’s Co. has served consumers by focusing on using quality fresh ingredients without cutting corners off anything, including its never-frozen beef.

While you are likely much more interested in the potential risks and solutions of the labor shortage, understanding the causes is essential.

 

Watching List

QA Virtual Conference: Yves Rey on Data Digitization and Sharing
The pandemic showed us why having data that lives digitally can be an advantage. This session from Yves Rey, a consultant to food companies such as Danone, covered how and why this can be an advantage, advice on how to do it and why the entire industry can benefit and be safer by sharing certain data.

QA Virtual Conference Sponsor Message: The ABCs of Allergen Test Kits from Emport's Emily Kaufman
Manufacturers and test labs can choose from a wide variety of test formats when working with gluten and allergens. What are the strengths and weaknesses of popular allergen test methods, and how can you tell which is right for your needs?

This session from Neil Marshall, the former Coca-Cola global director of quality and food safety and current managing partner of Guv Consulting International, covers how managing a crisis during the pandemic has changed, what the pandemic has taught us about managing a crisis and how can companies respond to cyber-security crises, since that’s so top of mind for many at the moment.

QA Virtual Conference Sponsor Message: Food Safety Testing Management from NQAC
If you are in charge of the analytical testing for your company, do you know what you need to know? Fabien Robert, Sr. Director Zone AMS NQAC, Nestle Quality Assurance Center Dublin, and Amy Bethel, Sr. Marketing Specialist, Nestlé Quality Assurance Center - Dublin, will discuss some important key factors that you need to know about to manage your food safety testing properly.

In this session, Bruce Ferree, an independent trainer/consultant with Eurofins Laboratories, covers what the pandemic taught us about the importance of hygiene. How has it given us a reason to refocus on employee hygiene? What have we learned that can push us forward? How can you get better?

QA Virtual Conference: Darin Detwiler on Communicating With Consumers
Whether it’s on social or regular media, how food companies communicate with consumers needs to be nuanced, especially as direct-to-consumer and delivery have increased. This session from Dr. Darin Detwiler, author, food safety advocate, and professor of food policy at Northeastern University, will look at how the art and tools of communicating food safety issues with consumers has changed. How can you do it right? How can you do it wrong?

Webinar: Using Automation to Build a Sustainable Food Safety Culture & Consistent Hygiene SOPs Across Your Organization
In this webinar, Meritech's Chief Technology Officer Paul Barnhill and Director of Corporate Success Alison Smith discuss how corporations and individual food production facilities are using automated handwashing stations to build consistency across plant and organization SOPs.