To get a taste of the discussions that were happening at the 2023 Food Safety Summit, we spoke face-to-face with Deb Kane, Vice President of Food Safety, Quality, EHSS, and Regulatory at J&J Snack Foods Corp; Sandra Eskin, Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); and Ann Marie McNamara, Vice President of Food Safety and Quality for Supply Chain, Manufacturing, and Commercialization at US Foods. We also heard from Brian Barr of ABB and Andrew Lansinger of QAD Redzone.

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In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak with:

  • Deb Kane [2:52] about the importance of (and misconceptions about) root-cause analysis in risk management, as well as learnings from the 2023 Food Safety Summit “Got Root Cause?” workshop
  • Brian Barr [16:35] about improving electrical systems in food facilities to optimize food safety
  • Sandra Eskin [29:56] about USDA’s ongoing work to reduce cases of salmonellosis linked to poultry, including the recent Proposed Regulatory Framework and upcoming pilot projects, as well as work to update safe handling instruction labels on raw meat and poultry products
  • Andrew Lansinger [49:26] about safety and quality software for food establishments and the importance of giving frontline workers a voice through such software
  • Ann Marie McNamara [1:04:01] about the 1992–1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak, during which time she was Director of Microbiology at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), as well as emerging food safety challenges in the present day.

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