expert discusses roles in food safety assurance
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(MEATPOULTRY.com, April 01,
by Bryan Salvage
CHICAGO ó No one in
the meat and poultry industry wants problems as a result of people
consuming their products. But a customer or consumer canít inspect safety
or quality into a product once they receive it, said Bobby Palesano,
vice-president of technical services, International HACCP Alliance,
during a presentation titled "Positioning Your Company for
Food-Safety Success" delivered last March 27 during the 2009 Meat
Industry Management Conference in Chicago. The North American Meat
Processors Association sponsored the event.
food-safety success, Mr. Palesano said itís the result of many things
coming together including incorporating a science-based food-safety
program; compliance with all regulatory requirements; no recalls,
illnesses or injuries associated with a companyís products; and no
customer complaints, among other things.
for food safety, include suppliers (safety starts with incoming
materials); every packing and processing company (both management and
on-line workers); customers and/or consumers (theyíre responsible for
proper handling and preparations); and F.S.I.S. inspectors, district
personnel and headquarters personnel.
sector stands alone," he added.
Mr. Palesano pointed
out that the hazard analysis should include food-safety hazards that can
occur before, during and after entry into a plant. Suppliers may need to
share information/data to help further processors support decisions.
"Suppliers and further processors must work together to ensure
product safety," he stated.
Each packing or
processing plant must be able to explain and support all of its
food-safety decisions. Each establishment should also observe the process
to ensure that the written programs are being implemented appropriately,
as well as update programs as needed.
communicate to get the safest food possible," he said.
Mr. Palesano urged
processors to get to know F.S.I.S. personnel within their geographic
area. "Industry usually waits until it gets in trouble before they
communicate with (F.S.I.S.)," he added. "Donít wait until you
get in trouble and expect the agency to respond in a responsible and