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Webinar – Process Improvement with GFSI Compliant Management Systems

Portland, Oregon (December 28, 2010)  The Northwest Analytical webinar series, The Compliant FSMS, examines how food processors can deal with regulatory and commercial requirements such as ISO 22000 and the GFSI recognized food safety management systems. On January 11, 2010, Dr. Tatiana Lorca will discuss the GFSI and how their benchmark and recognition process drives improvement and cost efficiency.

Dr. Lorca will discuss:

  • What is the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)? 
  • How the benchmark and recognition process drives improvement and cost efficiency across the food supply chain
  • How the GFSI requirements incorporate the principles of the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle into the recognized programs and thus help drive improvement within a certified business.
  • Four of the most widely used food safety management systems (SQF, BRC, FSSC and IFS) and their requirements highlighted from a process improvement perspective.

Registration for “Process Improvement with GFSI Compliant Management Systems” is at: http://www.nwasoft.com/FSMSWebinar3.htm .

About Tatiana A. Lorca, Ph.D.

Dr. Lorca is the Manager of Food Supply Quality Assurance for EcoSure (A Division of Ecolab) where she is in charge of developing audit, training, consulting services and scientific support for the supply chain from farm to fork.

Prior to her appointment with Ecolab, she held positions at BSI Management Systems Americas, Inc. and the SQF Institute (A Division of FMI) coordinating and delivering food safety training and certification programs for the Americas. Dr. Lorca has research and instruction experience in food science and technology, covering microbiology, chemistry, sensory evaluation and HHP processing in the seafood and meat processing industries. She is a member of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Consumer Goods Forum Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Technical Committee and a member of the alumni advisory council of the food science department at Virginia Tech.

Dr. Lorca holds a M.S. and PhD in Food Science and Technology from Virginia Tech. She is a registered SQF Consultant and Trainer, an Approved Training Provider (ATP) for the BRC Food program, BRC Food consultant, HACCP and FSSC 22000 trainer.

NWA Webinars – The Compliant FSMS Series

Food Processing, Distribution and Service must deal with increasingly rigorous regulatory and commercial requirements as commercial supply chains come under standards such as ISO 22000 and major customers require compliance with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) audit schema. Food commerce in the EU has required a HACCP based food safety management system since 2006 and when the current US legislation is finally passed; similar requirements will be the law of the land in the U.S.

This webinar series will deal with how to design reasonable strategies to deal with these issues and dependably produce safe food while protecting the company’s brand. Topics which will be addressed in this series include: 

  • Define the current regulatory, commercial and market landscape for food manufacturers and present a comprehensive strategy for brand protection.
  • The proper mix of process control and audit in a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) to optimize food safety, quality and productivity.
  • Implications of ISO 22000, GFSI and other commercial and regulatory standards for FSMS design and implementation.
  • How to use audits in the process improvement process.
  • How to actively use Quality Information Systems and analytics to reduce risk and increase compliance.

The Compliant FSMS Webinar Schedule

November  9, 2010 David Acheson, MD Leavitt Partners Comprehensive Strategies to Protect Your Brand
December 16, 2010 John Surak, PhD Surak and Associates ISO 22000 – Building a Corporate Food Safety Culture
January 11, 2011 Tatiana Lorca , PhD EcoSure Process Improvement with GFSI Compliant Management Systems
February 22, 2011 Deborah Kacera Pilgrim Software Increase Food  Safety , Reduce Risk and Achieve Operational Effectiveness and Compliance

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