Environmental Contamination of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Foods and the Role of the Environment and Water

In this webinar, we will look at water contamination data collected onsite at several farms and discuss ag water problems found by the FDA during recall investigations.

John Ryan
John Ryan
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST
75 Minutes

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One of the three most critical food safety issues facing the food industry today is environmental contamination of ready-to-eat foods (RTEs).

Ready-to-eat foods have no kill step applied between the sale of the product and consumption by consumers. Demand for such product is drastically increasing as consumers look for increasing levels of convenience.

Over the past several years, FDA recall investigations have repeatedly shown that most farms are impacted by a myriad of environmental bacterial contaminants, man applied chemicals and impossible to remove physical hazards. The FDA has failed to report these findings due to the inability of science and technology to quickly test for and verify such contaminants prior to shipment to market.

This is especially true of agricultural water that includes many types of bacteria. The latest research shows that insects (fruit flies, cockroaches, etc.) can carry bacterial contaminants to ready to eat foods.Prevention is key in this regard. In other words, there is no lower tier solution available to protect the downstream supply chain or the consuming public.

Why should you Attend: RTE supply chain members need to begin to understand the risk levels that exist at farms, through processing and into the consuming public. In many instances, farm level bacterial contamination is simply not controllable meaning that producer and processor controls become ever more critical.

Water is a critical issue. In this webinar we will look at water contamination data collected on site at several farms and discuss ag water problems found by the FDA during recall investigations.

While fresh produce represents only one type of RTE, environmental contaminants abound and, indeed, new ones are being discovered daily. Farms are left without a low cost, portable, quick turn-around ability to test water, product and soil. With a 2-3-day lag between harvest and test results, the supply chain is laid open to multiple liability levels.

This webinar will review the issues surrounding the potential impact of bacteria in RTE foods from the farm through packing, processing and into the consuming public. Seafood (raw, smoked, preserved), produce (raw, dried vegetables and fruit), dairy products (soft cheese, un-ripened and ripened cheese, hard cheese, processed cheese, pasteurized and unpasteurized milk, ice cream frozen dairy products, cultured milk (yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk), high fat dairy products (butter, cream), meat (frankfurters, sausages, deli meats, pate and meat spreads), and salads all have risk levels with some RTEs ranking at "Very High Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, Moderate Low Risk and Low Risk levels".

The importance of time and temperature controls and the use of microorganism reduction strategies, cross contamination, cross contact (allergens) and controls all impact these risk levels and should be understood with regards to varying consumer ages, health, the length of time foods remain refrigerated prior to consumption and other variables.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • Definitions (RTEs, etc.)
  • Liability
  • A study of farm level biological and chemical contaminants
  • Insect bacterial contaminants
  • Recalls
  • Research Findings
  • Risk levels for various RTEs
  • Some Available Resources

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the risks associated with Ready to Eat (RTE) foods
  • Review farm level contamination bacterial and chemical levels (water and produce)
  • Review insect carried bacterial contamination, risks and solutions
  • Review risk levels for various bacteria and RTEs
  • Review research related to environmental pathogens
  • Understand the need for future preventive solutions

Who Will Benefit:
  • Procurement Officers
  • U.S. food processors, distributors, retailers and restaurant chains
  • Restaurant and retail inventory control and buyers
  • Foreign food producers, importers and exporters
  • Food safety and quality specialists

Speaker Profile
Dr. John Ryan's quality system career has spanned the manufacturing, food, transportation and Internet industries over the past 30 years. He has worked and lived extensively throughout Asia and the U.S. at the corporate and facility levels for large and small companies as a turn-around specialist. His clients have included Seagate Technology, Read-Rite, Destron IDI, Intel, and GSS-Array. He has consulted, taught at the university graduate level, and is a retired quality assurance administrator from the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture. He holds a Ph.D. and has been involved in the quality profession for over 30 years on an international basis and in a variety of industries. He designed and piloted the United States first RFID enabled farm to retail traceability system in the nation while working with Motorola, Lowry Systems and other well-known industry companies. He has published over forty papers on quality systems and has recently published a book for Elsevier Press entitled "Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices". He previously published "The Quality Team Concept in Total Quality Control" with the American Society for Quality. He began Ryan Systems over ten years ago.

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