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Become a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” Today!

In Nelson-Jameson’s continued commitment to provide industry professionals with the latest in food science and food safety education, we’ve partnered with Cherney Microbiological Services to offer a brand new course offering!  The upcoming “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food” is a class that will be of special interest to those in plant operations, and will focus on Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance.  As an added bonus, Nelson-Jameson customers will receive a 5% discount, simply by mentioning “Nelson Jameson” when registering!

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Continuing Food Safety Education through FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course

The Food Safety Modernization Act is the most extensive change to food safety laws in 70 years, shifting the industry perspective from a reactive to a proactive approach when addressing and preventing food contamination. The new regulations require specified activities to be completed by a “Preventive Controls Qualified Individual” who has “successfully completed training in the development and application of risk-based preventive controls.” The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course helps support both compliance with FSMA and provides FDA-recognized training for your designated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. This standardized course was developed by the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in partnership with the FDA, and the lead instructors and course content and materials are FSPCA-approved.

The FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food course is a great fit for quality directors, managers, supervisors and practitioners who will be responsible for managing his or her company’s Food Safety Plan under FSMA.  This course will be held March 29th-31st, 2016, at Cherney Microbiological Services in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The cost is $800, but be sure to mention “Nelson Jameson” while registering to receive a 5% discount!  To register, please click HERE.

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First District Association Annual Member Meeting

first-district-assFirst District Association has a long history of loyal and committed members, member creameries and employees that have worked together as a powerful team to create SQF 2000 certified products that ensure that our global customers get only the highest quality products.

For more information: http://www.firstdistrict.com/events

 

 

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The Food Safety Modernization Act: In Small Bites

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If you have been following the development of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), from its inception, to its passage, to its implementation, it has been quite a long ride! Signed into law in 2011, there has been no shortage of discussion as to what the effects of the law will be on the food industry. What was somewhat abstract became much more immediate when two of the seven key rules were recently released. These first two, respectively pertaining to Human Food Risk Analysis and Animal Food Risk Analysis, came out in late August.

By the time this blog appears on our site, three additional rules will be set for publication. Produce Safety, Foreign Supplier Verification, and Accreditation of Third Party Auditors rules are all set for late October.

As we have highlighted in past blogs concerning FSMA, Nelson-Jameson aims to bring together as many quality resources as possible to help our customers navigate this sweeping change in food safety law in the United States. Recently, 3M, one of our suppliers here at NJ, teamed up with The Acheson Group to provide a 15-part webinar series on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

The series is free of charge and is geared toward food industry interests looking to better understand FSMA and its related standards. The monthly series will run throughout 2016. The impressive first installment, “FSMA: How Do I Comply? How To Determine Which FSMA Rules Apply To You” is available on 3M’s Healthcare Academy site. To sign up for access to the episode, or to sign up for upcoming installments of the series click here.

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Trade Show Season Wraps Up

The 2015 trade show season is coming to a close…one of our final shows is the Dairy Practices Council (DPC) Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, November 4-6.
The focus for this year’s show is FSMA Preventative Controls with presentations on how to use environmental testing kits, ATP kits, and metal detection in fluid milk, yogurt, cheese, and other small-scale dairy product processors. Our own Fritz Buss will be a speaker and will be presenting on integrated hygiene monitoring to showcase our hygiene monitoring tools.
Our trade show display will include color-coded and metal detectable products, Petrifilm, Delvotest, allergen test kits, tank filters, tubing & hose, foggers, filter discs & tubes, chart recorders and thermometers.
Our final two shows of the year will be Midwest Food Processors Association Convention and First District Association Annual Member Meeting, both in December – hope to see you there!
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Making Sense of Listeria

Listeria monocytogenes (ABC News)

Listeria monocytogenes (ABC News)

The Centers for Disease Control estimates “approximately 1600 illnesses and 260 deaths due to listeriosis [infection caused by listeria] occur annually in the United States.” Even though responsible for fewer illnesses than other pathogens that are out there, listeria’s relatively high mortality rate (especially for certain segments of the population) naturally resonates with both consumers and food producers as a focus for concern. This has especially been the case with numerous high-profile listeria cases making headlines in the past several months.

Consumers may be surprised to find out that, opposed to being some isolated super-bug, “Listeria monocytogenes is commonly found in soil and water. Animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill and can contaminate foods of animal origin, such as meats and dairy products.” Beyond that, food processors, understanding the threat that listeria presents, are especially concerned with the fact that: “When Listeria bacteria get into a food processing factory, they can live there for years, sometimes contaminating food products.”

So what is to be done to combat listeria?   Consumers can check out information on prevention from the CDC here and information from the FDA on proper handling of ready-to-eat, refrigerated foods here. The continuing presence of listeria in the headlines will no doubt also give pause for many food processors to review internal practices/standards, and review local, state, and federal resources to address the issue. Fortunately, risks can be minimized by utilizing programs and products that target some of the following areas: cleaning and sampling; ensuring proper temperatures when processing and handling food; and separating foods and parts of the production/preparation process to avoid cross-contamination.

To assist producers find products that can be of use, Nelson-Jameson has compiled a collection of products, including testing/sampling supplies, color-coded products, and numerous other offerings to both test for and prevent listeria concerns. You can check out these products here.

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