Food Safety, Security and Fraud-Are You Ready?

Duration 60 Mins
Level Basic & Intermediate & Advanced
Webinar ID IQW19I0970

  • Underlying causes of microbial foodborne illness
  • Inadvertent vs. intentional contamination of food
  • Threats and realities of using food as a biological weapon
  • Managing the risks of food fraud
  • Food Safety Modernization Act

Overview of the webinar

Microbiological issues of food safety have historically been considered the result of inadvertent contamination. Intentional contamination or adulteration of food is, however, also a reality. Traditional HACCP programs are designed to enhance food safety by addressing the risk of inadvertent contamination of food during production and processing. Mitigating the intentional contamination of food requires an approach beyond HACCP. Thwarting food bioterrorism is critical to minimizing not only the health risk but also the economic risk. Beyond the illness that can occur as a result of the intentional contamination of food, the economic impact on brand name and product type can also be significant.

Who should attend?

  • Food Production Managers/Supervisors
  • Food Plant Microbiologists 
  • QA/QC Personnel
  • Food plant owners/operators
  • Analytical Support Services
  • Food quality personnel
  • Food safety team members
  • Any employees working on developing, implementing or auditing food safety plans
  • City, state and federal food safety personnel 
  • Food testing labs and quality personnel
  • Food process engineers
  • Compliance specialists

Why should you attend?

We will review some of the microbiological causes of foodborne infections and intoxications, as well as explore examples of the dire consequences of adulteration, ostensibly for economic gain. This webinar will also discuss the potential threats of using food as biological weapon and the actions food companies can take to mitigate and minimize the risks of intentional food adulteration.

Faculty - Mr. Michael Brodsky

Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 47 years. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association, the International Association for Food Protection and AOAC International. He serves as co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC Official Methods of Analysis and the AOAC Research Institute. He is a reviewer for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and a chapter co-editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology. He is also a lead auditor/assessor in microbiology for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation.

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