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Amit Jagirdar of Bunge — Food Safety Culture
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Amit Jagirdar of Bunge — Food Safety Culture

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Amit Jagirdar, the Director of Quality and Food Safety for Bunge, to talk about Food Safety Culture, one of the most vital parts of every FSQ professional’s working life. Amit delivered a case study and hosted a themed lunch discussion on Food Safety Culture at NAFS23, and in this interview he shares some of the key takeaways from those conversations, as well as offering advice for anyone and everyone engaging in Food Safety and Food Quality work throughout the value chain between farms and forks. Chief among them? “Whatever you put into Food Safety Culture, you get ten times out.” Give this episode a listen!

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Digitization in the Food Safety Space — A Conversation with Deepa Thakar of Neogen Analytics
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Digitization in the Food Safety Space — A Conversation with Deepa Thakar of Neogen Analytics

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Deepa Thakar, a Key Accounts Manager of Neogen Analytics, to talk about what the Digital Revolution is bringing to FSQ professionals, and why it is more important than ever to automate repetitive analog tasks and give Food Safety experts insights in real-time into where best to apply their energies and expertise. Whether we are talking about visibility and transparency and compliance, or doing more and better work in the same amount of time, or achieving more without increasing headcount, digitization is the way forward to improving FSQ performance and also keeping the public safe. Give this one a listen!

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Food Visibility and Traceability — A Conversation with Louis-Olivier Roy of OPTEL Group
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Food Visibility and Traceability — A Conversation with Louis-Olivier Roy of OPTEL Group

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Louis-Olivier Roy of OPTEL Group to talk about one of the most important challenges and opportunities facing FSQ professional today: Being able to see their products from one end of the value chain to the other. New regulations are coming online that demand Food Safety and Quality teams be able to document everything that happens to the food under their responsibility, but beyond compliance, knowing the quality and quantity of goods at all stages of the journey from farm to fork offer a wide range of advantages and capabilities that generate real ROI. In an evolving regulatory environment where getting data from suppliers is going beyond a best practice to become a requirement, what does treating compliance as the starting point rather than the finish line look like? How can FSQ data collected at this granular level help other parts of the business achieve their goals as well? For all this and more, give this episode a listen!

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Auditing and Certification for Food Safety Professionals — A Conversation with Liz Salinas of QIMA-WQS
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Auditing and Certification for Food Safety Professionals — A Conversation with Liz Salinas of QIMA-WQS

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Liz Salinas of QIMA-WQS about one of the big issues facing FSQ organizations today: A lack of auditors. The current generation of experienced auditors are beginning to age out, and there seems to be a gap behind them where younger FSQ professionals have not opted into auditing as a focus for their careers. Liz points out that there is no auditor school or direct path to become an auditor. The industry educates its own people to have this skillset over the course of their careers, and a very real bottleneck is approaching where there will be more work to be done than there are qualified people to do it. What should FSQ professionals be doing to advance auditing as a specialization among their ranks? How does that fit into larger industry trends senior leaders are already embracing? Give this episode a listen!

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How AI and Intelligent Automation is Changing the Game for FSQ Professionals — A Conversation with Sara Jane Bellocchi of TraceGains
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How AI and Intelligent Automation is Changing the Game for FSQ Professionals — A Conversation with Sara Jane Bellocchi of TraceGains

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Sara Jane Bellocchi of TraceGains to talk about how the next generation of Artificial Intelligence and Automation technologies are opening up new capabilities for Food Safety & Quality professionals. What may surprise some people is that predictive and proactive tools and tactics are already well-established, tried, tested, and true in the Food Safety and Food Quality space, and so the community of leaders working in this space are actually ahead of the curve when it comes to knowing what they want to do and how they will incorporate the latest advances in this space into their existing processes. At the same time, a growing need to address supplier and product compliance is ideally placed to be a major focus for investment and advancement into greater performance without necessarily increasing headcount or time allotments to achieve the additional work. For every FSQ professional looking for ideas of how to apply these powerful new tools to their organization’s current challenges and opportunities. Give it a listen!

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Understanding, Identifying, and Mitigating Food Supply Chain Risk — A Conversation with Kim Daniels and Cheryl Alesso of RQA, Inc.
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Understanding, Identifying, and Mitigating Food Supply Chain Risk — A Conversation with Kim Daniels and Cheryl Alesso of RQA, Inc.

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Kim Daniels and Cheryl Alesso of RQA to talk about the power of proactivity in Food Supply Chains, some of the big trends food and beverage manufacturers are facing right now when they look at their operations, and what companies can do when they need specific expertise and extra hands in moments of crisis. This is a wide-ranging conversation that touches on everything from supplier relationships to crisis management to auditing and inspections to the importance of after-action remotes to learn lessons that can be applied moving forward. Give this one a listen!

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Real-Time Visibility for FSQ Professionals — A Conversation with Julie McGill of Trustwell
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Real-Time Visibility for FSQ Professionals — A Conversation with Julie McGill of Trustwell

At North American Food Safety & Quality 2023 we sat down with Julie McGill of Trustwell to talk about one of the most exciting tools available to Food Safety and Food Quality professionals: Real-Time Visibility tools that can connect people directly and precisely to produce, products, and goods at any point in the journey from origin point to point of sale to the final customer. Things that would have seemed like science fiction even ten years ago are now everyday tools, and the best is still yet to come. This is creating a revolution in Risk Management, Waste Reduction, Recall Planning, QA/QC, and also connects the FSQ team to other facets of the business to share data and incorporate them into decision-making processes that did not use to include them. Being able to move from reactive to proactive without increasing headcount sounds too good to be true, but it is happening right now thanks to real-time visibility. Give this episode a listen to learn more!

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Supplier Risk Management and Building Quality Culture within New Integrations
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Supplier Risk Management and Building Quality Culture within New Integrations

How do you establish, nurture, and grow a culture of Quality in the midst of organizational disruption and transformation? Understanding that while change starts at the top, it needs to be built from the ground up Discussing how suppliers fit into the larger conversation of both risk management and Quality Culture during M&A activity — Carolyn Nguyen VP Global Quality & Compliance Programs Mondelēz International Carolyn is currently the Vice President of Global Quality and Compliance Programs for Mondelēz International, with responsibility for driving consistency in Consumer driven Quality across all of Mondelēz ’s Internal & external manufacturing sites and supply…

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Digital Solutions to Mitigate the Food Safety Challenges in a Global Supply Chain
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Digital Solutions to Mitigate the Food Safety Challenges in a Global Supply Chain

Recognizing the ever-changing environment and the myriad of challenges that food producers face globally every day, there is an urgent need for tech-enabled risk-based approaches to mitigate these risks to the enterprise This presentation provides an overview of how PepsiCo navigates this ever-changing environment as a business currently operating in nearly 200 countries with an expanding portfolio that includes everything from its billion-dollar brands such as Lay’s Chips and Pepsi-Cola Learn about how this multinational company reduces food safety, quality and regulatory risks to the enterprise by leveraging digital solutions to mitigate the food safety challenges in a global supply…

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A “One Team” Global Approach to Food Safety
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A “One Team” Global Approach to Food Safety

Walmart has set a goal to become a regenerative company—one that places nature and humanity at the center of our business Our approach to food safety exemplifies this strategy as we seek to go beyond compliance and work collaboratively with others to strengthen food safety systems Science based food safety is universal. Working as one global team positions us to enhance the safety of food around the world confidently and consistently One case study will be shared – the redesign of our Private Brand food safety program including the Product Design Hazard Analysis (PDHA) approach; there is a positive outcome…

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Developing Smarter Capabilities to Understand, Anticipate, and Prevent Food Safety Risk
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Developing Smarter Capabilities to Understand, Anticipate, and Prevent Food Safety Risk

Offering an overview of the analytics and data modeling that Starbucks Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) teams use to achieve excellence in their day-to-day operations Demonstrating the value of leveraging business metrics to anticipate and mitigate FSQA risk factors Illustrating the transformative power of listening and coaching – versus simply auditing and inspecting – to drive both employee engagement and positive FSQA outcomes — Tom Wiester VP, Global Food Safety & Science Affairs Starbucks Tom Wiester joined the Starbucks Coffee Company in 2018 as the Vice President of Global Food Safety & Science Affairs. He is also Vice Chair…

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FDA Regulatory Update: Moving from Outbreak to Prevention
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FDA Regulatory Update: Moving from Outbreak to Prevention

Whole Genome Sequencing has revolutionized CDC and FDA disease attribution capabilities.  With better detection comes more outbreaks. The FDA is developing prevention strategies for food categories with recurrent attribution to disease.  These prevention strategies are an opportunity for all stakeholders to focus on prevention in that category. The FDA is ramping up to conduct Root Cause Analysis following foodborne illness outbreaks.  Our reports will communicate what we learn to help firms prevent a recurrence. — Mark Moorman Director, Office of Food Safety FDA Mark Moorman is the Director of the Office of Food Safety at the Food and Drug Administration…

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Ingredient Agility is Brand Agility
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Ingredient Agility is Brand Agility

 Today’s challenges can no longer be managed by a linear supply chain model. Meeting customer expectations for customized, sustainable products and fast deliveries in the midst of major disruption demands a different approach. Mastering ingredient data is key to managing the evolving supply chain Networked ingredients make that data visible, actionable, and shareable as your partnerships become more complex Leverage the shared language of networked ingredient data to take time and complexity out of your co-manufacturing relationships — Gary Iles SVP of Marketing and Business Development TraceGains Gary Iles is a technology leader and pioneer who has spent his…

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Leveraging People, Processes, and Systems to Ensure Food Safety and Quality Across a Global Supply Chain
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Leveraging People, Processes, and Systems to Ensure Food Safety and Quality Across a Global Supply Chain

How does Restaurant Brands International manages food safety and quality to ensure high standards across supply chains that stretch around the world? Illustrating how RBI uses systems and processes to allow better control and discipline implementing global standards Describing successful approaches to ensure the right balance between growth and control Discuss strategies and challenges to continuously upgrade our standards ahead of emerging threats and effectively rollout globally — Diego Beamonte VP Quality Assurance Restaurant Brands International Diego oversees the global quality, food safety, and nutrition teams for Restaurant Brands International, including Burger King, Tim Hortons, Popeyes, and Firehouse Subs brands. He…

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Panel: Food Safety, Quality, and Compliance for Retailers
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Panel: Food Safety, Quality, and Compliance for Retailers

Discussing how evolving consumer and regulatory expectations on a global level are shaping the way we do business What are some of the unique aspects and challenges retailers face when operating their supply chains? How should we best monitor and verify that our supply chains are visible, traceable, and compliant? Collaborating with suppliers on written Preventive Controls safety plans Creating a feedback system based on metrics to monitor supply chain health and performance Understanding In-store food safety must-do’s to control and eradicate food borne pathogens Walking through recall plans and supply chain mobilization: How are these prepared ahead of time to…

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Raw Material Quality Management: Keeping Food Safe Throughout the Supply Chain
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Raw Material Quality Management: Keeping Food Safe Throughout the Supply Chain

Discussing some of the common challenges applying and bringing our internal FSQ best practices to external partners and suppliers locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: Demonstrating that proactive measures are the only effective approach to keep chemical contaminates out of our ingredients and products How have our strategies evolved over time, and which factors are driving that change? Offering key lessons learned from the world’s largest food and beverage company that can be applied to any business that procures raw materials from third parties — David Clifford Director Food Safety Nestlé…

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The New Era of Food Safety Needs a Great Team with Strong Leadership
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The New Era of Food Safety Needs a Great Team with Strong Leadership

Demonstrating that even before the global pandemic, people have always been the catalysts of change and the difference-makers in every aspect of our business, and especially when it comes to Food Safety, Quality, and Compliance How do you identify, support, and develop the future leaders of your organization to carry on the FSQ values your company is built upon? Mobilizing the unique culture of our team to embracing transformation and fresh perspectives while holding onto the best of what has always driven positive outcomes in turbulent times Creating a framework that encourages all employees to unlock their potential personally and…

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