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Symposium Explores the Impact of New Food Safety Regulations and the Global Food Safety Initiative on Food Processors

Portland, Oregon (June 07, 2010) – New food safety regulations moving through the U.S. Congress, combined with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), demand greater safety management by food processors. At the 2010 Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting, Symposium 171, “The Operational Implications of New Food Safety Regulations and GFSI” will explore the issue. The Symposium will be presented Monday, July 19, 2010, at 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM, in room S404 in Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Food processors now face the need to implement a modern Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Both the pending U.S. food safety legislation now in Congress, and the commercial requirements of GFSI compliance, create food safety and traceability management demands that overwhelm any paper-based, non-automated system.  The cost-effective and time-efficient way to meet these requirements is an integrated electronic system that automates the operational functions of food safety and quality management, traceability and compliance. Not only does this approach make a compliant FSMS more efficient and effective, it also reduces corporate risk and total cost of ownership.

The symposium contains four presentations by industry experts:

  • 171-01. Increasing Verification Effectiveness of Prerequisite Programs, John G. Surak, Surak and Associates., Clemson, SC
  • 171-02. Automated HACCP and Quality Management, Jeffery L. Cawley, Northwest Analytical Inc., Portland, OR
  • 171-03. Track and Trace Compliance with Food Safety Regulations, David Miller, Operations Technologies, Greenville, SC
  • 171-04. Boost Safety and Lower Risk through Effective GFSI and New Safety Regulations Record Management, Deborah Kacera, Pilgrim Software, Inc., Tampa, FL

A preliminary form of this session, “Implementing Food Safety Management Systems to Meet Regulations and GFSI Standards,” was presented March 30, 2010, as part of Pilgrim Software’s Educational Webinar Series for 2010. The recorded webcast and presentations are available at: http://bit.ly/c3LHbL .

About Surak and Associates

John Surak is principal of Surak and Associates, a full service food safety and quality consulting service. He works with the food processing industry in developing food safety and quality management systems, designing and implementing process control systems, and implementing Six Sigma and business analytics systems. http://www.stratecon-intl.com/jsurak.html

 About Northwest Analytical

Northwest Analytical is the leading provider of quality and food safety management systems and SPC software to the food industry. With the NWA Quality Information System, food processors successfully handle applications ranging from HACCP program management to fill weight control and process improvement. NWA Quality software enables food companies to produce higher-quality, safer products while maximizing efficiency and profitability. Additional information is available at www.nwasoft.com/appnotes/ind-food.htm.

About Operations Technologies
Operations Technologies provides inventory, production, and “track& trace” management software to the food and pharmaceutical industries. The software is highly configurable, expandable and easily integrated into standard ERP and Accounting systems. Operations Technologies’ products can be “self hosted” or provided as Cloud (SaaS) Internet based subscription software services. Core functionality includes warehouse management, production management, traceability, shop floor interfaces and distributed labeling systems. Customers include a cadre of large and small industry leaders such as Cargill, Dairi Concepts, Dairy Farmers of America (Borden’s), Nestle, Organic Valley and Roche Pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit the company online at www.MobiaSolutions.com .

About Pilgrim Software

Pilgrim Software is a world-leading provider of Enterprise Quality, Safety and Compliance Management solutions for the Food & Beverage, Life Sciences, and other FDA-regulated industries. Pilgrim has pioneered effective, integrated software solutions used by more than 300 customers globally, and more than 750,000 end users, to meet the diverse challenges of the world’s highly competitive marketplace.  Pilgrim’s fully web-based solutions, built on industry best practices, help businesses centrally manage domestic and international operations to ensure product safety and quality, reduce manufacturing costs and improve customer satisfaction.  www.pilgrimsoftware.com

For further information, contact:

Jeffery Cawley, VP Market Development
Northwest Analytical, Inc.
888-692-7638 or 503-224-7727 X112


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