Verification, a principle of HACCP, is one method of ensuring that the sanitation program is being consistently implemented and is performing to the expectations of the food safety plan's hazard analysis. It is required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) in various regulatory statutes. An organized and well-managed environmental monitoring program (EMP) can serve as a verification tool for a sanitation program, and it can save a facility from a potential costly, damaging recall and/or downgraded product. An important component of a sound EMP is monitoring for pathogenic bacteria. There is no "one-size-fits-all" program for pathogen environmental monitoring (PEMP), because each PEMP is based on the risks unique to each processing facility, equipment, product, people, history, etc. In this webinar, food safety and microbiology experts from industry, government, and academia will discuss the mechanics of EMPs and, specifically, PEMPs; how they are used in industry sanitation programs; and the regulatory requirements for verification with EMPs.
From this webinar, attendees will learn:
- The fundamentals of a robust EMP and PEMP
- Best practices in environmental monitoring as a component of sanitation verification
- How to tell when your EMP is working—and when it is time to reexamine its effectiveness
- Regulatory requirements and guidance for sanitation verification using an EMP
Moderator: Adrienne Blume, Editorial Director, Food Safety Magazine