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When it Comes to Food Safety, You Can Never Have Too Much Class…

During our conversations with regulatory folks, a common theme has developed.   Overwhelmingly, regulators have stressed the importance of a “culture of food safety”.   This means that food safety isn’t relegated to only a few individuals in a plant. Instead, a culture of food safety is one where a business has inclusively brought in ALL stakeholders, from CEOs to part-time employees to learn, practice, and respect food safety standards.   Instead of viewing food safety as only rules that have to be followed or marks to simply check off on a sheet, food safety becomes a mindset and unifying goal across the plant and across the company.

We’ve also noticed that the most effective method to create this culture is through education and practice. The more employees learn about food safety, its importance to their customers’ safety, its importance to the financial well-being of the company, etc. the more people pay attention and invest in food safety concerns.   

With all that in mind, Nelson-Jameson aims to keep our customers informed through educational opportunities to help create that culture of food safety.   Such opportunities/workshops pay off directly not only in the immediate experience of the students attending them, but also to the companies sending them when that knowledge is brought back, shared, and applied in the facility.   Here are a few of the upcoming opportunities to learn more:

University of Wisconsin-River Falls will offer a “HAACP Workshop” that is open to “all food processors, suppliers, and regulators who wish to learn or review the basics of HACCP in a food facility” March 18-20th.   The workshop will cover “ food safety hazards, prerequisites, validation of HACCP plans, implementing HACCP, and regulation” via hands-on experiences. To find out more, click here for information on the program, fees, etc.   

On May 6th, the Center for Dairy Research will host a day-long “Food Safety Workshop (HACCP)” in Madison, WI.   Also, open to a spectrum of attendees, the class is a hands-on “introduction to HACCP in a plant setting” where students will learn about topics from environmental monitoring to GMPs.   Further information is available on the CDR website.  

Keep an eye out for further food safety opportunities here on our blog.   In the meantime, we are here as well to help provide you with the products and programs that can help you reach and maintain quality and food safety standards.   


Happy Holidays from Nelson-Jameson, Inc.

From our family to yours, Seasons Greetings! We wish you a year filled with happiness, peace, and success. 

The holidays are the perfect opportunity to express gratitude – Our entire organization values your friendship and thanks you for your partnership and loyalty.  We look forward to serving you in the upcoming year!


Nelson-Jameson Supplies Products and Expertise

Since 1947, Nelson-Jameson has been a leader in the food and beverage industry – supplying customers with the products and expertise they need from a single-source supplier. Our Direct Products Technical Sales Team is comprised of seasoned industry professionals with over 230 years of combined experience in the dairy industry – 117 years directly in the plant – and expertise in ingredients, packaging and sanitation.

“Nelson-Jameson is extremely proud of our Technical Sales Team,” said Director of Outside & Technical Sales, Kevin VanOrnum. “Their industry experience and expertise provide our Account Manager Sales Reps with unparalleled support for packaging, ingredients and chemical products. This team approach combined with our wide line of indirect products maximizes customer value.”

Contact us today, and connect with someone who understands your industry!

 


Happy Holidays from Nelson-Jameson

One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you! Our entire organization appreciates your partnership and thanks you for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

From our family to yours – may your holidays and entire year be filled with peace and happiness!

 


Creating a Balance: Food Safety in the Marketplace

This past November, Nelson-Jameson and one of our key suppliers, 3M™ Food Safety, launched an experiment aimed at critically looking into understanding and seeking out solutions related to food safety. Contingents from both 3M and Nelson-Jameson were able to sit down with representatives from several major West Coast food production facilities at the Fess Parker Doubletree in Santa Barbara, California.  

The aim was a simple one…to hear out the challenges that customers are facing, and to dig into ways that Nelson-Jameson, a supplier focused on helping our customers deliver safe, quality food to the market could be of assistance. Along with that, working with 3M, an innovator in research and development of food safety-focused products (including Petrifilm™, the Molecular Detection System, and the LM1 Hygiene Monitoring System), to see what we could collectively do to better assist food producers with food safety concerns.  

Working as a conduit between our suppliers/manufacturers and our customers is something we significantly value. It gives us the ability to bring new, and innovative ideas from the folks on the floor using the products to the people responsible for filling the pipeline with product offerings. This helps to push our suppliers/manufacturers to search out new methods and solutions. On the other side, we take a lot of pride and excitement in introducing our customers to the latest, and best food-industry-focused products and programs.  

So, to get everyone together in a room for two days was an excellent mutual learning experience for all. We touched base on pragmatic details like introducing Nelson-Jameson’s 3M Clean-Trace™ Hygiene Monitoring and Management System Contract (commit to purchasing 4 cases/month for one year and get the luminometer/software for free). We also dealt with more comprehensive issues like the challenge of training incoming employees in the food industry, as companies deal with the challenge of retaining quality employees in a competitive market. A wide expanse of food safety-related concerns were discussed. To have these multiple levels of insight freely moving back and forth across the table gave both Nelson-Jameson and 3M a healthy number of items to add to our “to-do” lists.  

As great as the experience was, we sure don’t intend to rest on our laurels after those few days in California with just the folks around the table! Nelson-Jameson is intent on helping our customers and our suppliers/manufacturers work collectively with us to inform, challenge, innovate, and produce the products and programs that are needed in order to create a safe, quality food supply. So, please be in touch not only with day-to-day questions/concerns about which products are the best for your purpose and type of operation, but also your ideas and feedback on what challenges you are facing, what you would like to see in the marketplace, and what demands you face as an operation. We will continue to work with companies like 3M, as well, to reach out to you, our customers for your valuable thoughts and perspectives. We are proud to be a bridge linking different industry interests together and take pride in helping to drive innovation and moving together on a steady pathway to providing the tools needed to get the job done right the first time.