Voluntary and compulsory trainings for food safety and quality professionals are offered through government, industry, academic, and corporate programs, classes, internships, certification courses, conferences, and other learning modes.
Temporary employees are defined as "at-will" workers who can work on a part-time, full-time, or seasonal basis. Many food manufacturers utilize temporary employees in their facility, for a wide variety of reasons, which can pose challenges for workplace culture, legal and labor relations, worker safety, and food safety, among others. This article discusses strategies for managing these challenges so that they do not cause problems in your food manufacturing facility.
Everyone entering a food processing facility needs to know and adhere to a set of rules that address food safety, basic sanitation, and safety. This includes all staff and visitors of all kinds—customers, regulators, auditors, salespeople, and others. Plant rules for staff and visitors comprise elements of good hygiene culture and exist to minimize the potential for cross-contamination of foods, equipment, or utensils. Some of these elements have other roles, such as personal safety.
At the 2023 Food Safety Summit, a dynamic workshop brought together leading experts to introduce the concepts, methods, and different tools of root cause analysis (RCA). Participants learned how to dig into systems and find meaningful data to identify the root causes of issues develop impactful solutions that prevent problems from recurring. An RCA session at the 2024 Summit will further explore these concepts.
This article discusses applied RCA and the Food Safety Summit associated education offered on this topic.
In the ever-evolving world of food manufacturing, employee training and education play a pivotal role in achieving operational excellence, maintaining the highest quality standards, ensuring food safety, and establishing a robust food safety culture within an organization.
Catalyst LLC's 2024 Technical Leader Bootcamp spring cohort kicks off on February 6. The 14-week program is tailored for technical food industry professionals, providing a comprehensive curriculum, coaching, and a community to guide technical experts on the path to success.
The Alliance for Advanced Sanitation is hosting monthly Sanitation Development Group meetings for sanitation professionals to learn, share information, and teach each other, featuring different speakers and topics each month.
Chile has become the first country in Latin America to implement a food control system assessment facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the goal of which is to improve strategic planning and strengthen governance around food safety.
On November 28, 2023, the Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences (IAFNS) and McGill University are hosting a free, virtual food safety workshop on food safety hazards and controls in food production environments.