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Preventing Unnecessary Recalls with Accurate Sampling and Proper Sample Preparation


A decision to recall or stop sales of a food product or raw ingredient has severe financial implications. Product quarantine in the food industry is necessary to protect public health and can be triggered by the result of a single analysis. Proper sampling and sample preparation procedures are the only way to ensure this data point accurately represents the product in question.

Attend this webinar to hear Nancy Thiex, industry consultant and FDA-recognized expert on sampling, explain how to systematically develop sampling protocols for defensible decisions in your operation. Good sample integrity in the laboratory requires unique sample preparation and precise analysis techniques. Learn from Lori Carey, Titration Product Manager at Metrohm USA, the importance of integrated sample preparation to achieve accurate titration results.

Key learning objectives:
•    Understand sources and consequences of sampling errors in the food and ingredient industry
•    Understand how proper sampling and sample preparation affect quality control
•    Learn how sample preparation can be integrated into titration food analyzers for improved accuracy

Speakers:

Nancy Thiex is an industry consultant and FDA recognized expert on sampling with 35 years experience in analytical services including 33 years in laboratory management at South Dakota State University, Olson Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory. Over the years, she has gained experience in almost every aspect of laboratory management.


Lori Carey is the product manager for titration for Metrohm USA. She has a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from St. Joseph's College in Indiana and over 10 years of experience in the chemical, food & beverage, and environmental industries. During her prior 3 years as an applications chemist at Metrohm USA, she focused on the development of thermometric titration and has successfully brought innovative solutions to difficult applications in a variety of industries.

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Simple Solutions for Consistent Quality Measurements


Consistent quality control measurements are key to high-quality food products, but variability in operator technique limits consistent results. Even though manual titrations are used throughout the food industry for fast quality checks of everything from raw ingredients to final packaged products, subjective endpoint detection limits the consistency of these measurements. This challenge makes it nearly impossible for two operators to record the same endpoint and deliver consistent results. Fortunately, there is a simple solution.

Dr. David Cunningham, senior principle scientist at Ocean Spray Cranberries, will share his improvements gained from automatic titration during his 30+ years of food industry experience. David drove improvements in product quality and productivity as he led an organizational change from manual to automatic titration in both research and production. As the principle lead for Ocean Spray’s technical support and training, David will also discuss the necessity of integrating a simple, easy-to-train automatic titration system.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand how inconsistent measurements from manual titration negatively affect product quality
  • See how automatic titration overcomes the limitations of manual titrations while maintaining easy-to-use and easy-to-learn methods
  • Learn the productivity and accuracy benefits that come from using automatic titration in any quality control setting

Speakers:

David Cunningham, Ph.D., is senior principal scientist in the research sciences and regulatory affairs group of Ocean Spray Cranberries, where he has worked for 31 years. He currently leads efforts in technical and regulatory risk management, provides subject matter expertise in the cranberry, analytical and quality sciences, and supports the technical issue resolution and training needs of the business. Dr. Cunningham led Ocean Spray’s transition from the use of manual titration techniques for juice acidity and vitamin C determinations to the use of automatic titration equipment in their corporate and plant laboratories. Previously, Dr. Cunningham held a fellowship position with the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition in Washington, DC. Dr. Cunningham received his Ph.D. in food chemistry, with an emphasis on flavor and natural products chemistry, from Cornell University and his B.S. in chemistry from the State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Cunningham is currently a member of the American Chemical Society, the Institute of Food Technologists, AOAC International, the Technical Committee on Juice and Juice Products, the Juice Products Association Technical Affairs and Food Chemistry Committees, and the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s Food Industry Analytical Chemist Working Group.

Lori Carey is the product manager for titration for Metrohm USA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s College in Indiana and over 10 years of experience in the chemical, food & beverage, and environmental industries. During her prior 3 years as an applications chemist at Metrohm USA, she focused on the development of thermometric titration and has successfully brought innovative solutions to difficult applications in a variety of industries.


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Quality & Compliance: From Development to Launch


Quality and compliance are vital to all process manufacturing companies so it must be considered not just during production but throughout the product development cycle. To avoid costly errors, companies around the globe are enhancing their current Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software with best of breed Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions. This enables the entire organization to have better visibility to the creation and continuous improvement of recipes and formulas rather than operating in separate silos.

Join T. Hasegawa’s Nasser Dastmalchi’s, VP of IT, as he discusses how their recent technology integration keeps your favorite food and beverages tasty and safe, as well as how the lessons learned can apply to any process manufacturer. Mike Edgett, Industry & Solution Strategy Director at Infor, will also share his insight regarding global Quality and Compliance trends and its impact on food and beverage manufacturing companies’ long term IT investment plans.

Topics will include:

  • Formalizing a stage gate methodology
  • Enhancing your Track & Trace capabilities
  • Managing Product Requirements
  • Insuring Label Compliance
  • Optimizing Formulationse

Speakers:

Nasser Dastmalchi’s is a seasoned VP of IT with over 20 years of hands-on IT experience (multi-business, multi-site, multi products and services companies) specializing in Manufacturing/Logistics, ERP / Infrastructure implementations, Program, Project and Vendor Management. Proven expertise in directing high performing IT departments and technical support programs with the consistent history of reducing costs, improving efficiency, and increasing productivity.

Michael Edgett is the Industry & Solution Strategy Director at Infor where he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction in the Food, Beverage, Chemicals and Life Sciences markets. Prior to joining Infor, Michael served in senior business-to-business marketing positions at food manufacturing and software industry leaders including Quaker Oats, Bunge, Bordens, Arris and Movius.


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Sponsored by: Infor


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