FSIS announces programs for small and very small plants

Source of Article:  www.meatingplace.com

 

By Ann Bagel Storck on 7/23/2009

 

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will host a regulatory education workshop July 28 in Peabody, Mass., for owners and operators of small and very small plants.

The workshop will cover a variety of topics and prerequisite programs, including hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), sanitation performance standards, sanitation standard operating procedures, rules of practice, food defense strategies and E. coli O157:H7.

The session will be at the Springhill Suites - Boston Peabody, in Peabody from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To register, click here.

Webinars

FSIS also announced six webinars through November to help small and very small plants.

The first webinar, "Issues Regarding Effective Microbiological Testing For E. Coli O157:H7 For Small And Very Small Plants," will be July 29. It will focus on developing microbiological testing programs for small and very small processing plants. FSIS testing will be discussed, as well as testing methods for N-60 that meet USDA expectations and guidelines.

Mindy Brashears of Texas Tech University will lead the webinar, which will be at 11 a.m. ET, 2 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET.

The dates and topics for the remaining webinars are:

  • Aug. 19: Using In-Plant Records to Improve Establishments' Food Safety Systems
  • Sept. 10: In-Plant Validation of Food Safety Interventions in Beef Products
  • Oct. 7: In-Plant Validation of Food Safety Interventions in Poultry Products
  • Oct. 27: Selecting Scientific Documentation to Support Establishments' HACCP Plan
  • Nov. 5: Selecting and Maintaining Effective GMPS for an Effective Food Safety System

Each webinar will be held three times that day. For more information, click here.

 

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