RT9 Validity of Control Strategies for Hazards in the Supply Chain

Tuesday, August 2, 2016: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
222 (America's Center - St. Louis)
Primary Contact: Lisa Moody
Organizer: Lisa Moody
Convenors: Benjamin Warren and Fatemeh Ataei
Panelists: David Acheson , Andrew Clarke , Mickey Parish , Wendy White and Natalie Dyenson
This roundtable session will convene a panel of professionals from different segments of the supply chain to debate the validity of vendor/supplier controls commonly used for food safety hazards.  Certificates of analysis (COAs) can communicate testing results on purchased material, but how reliable are they and are there situations where a COA is enough?  The application of testing programs for chemical and/or microbiological hazards within the supply chain has been controversial, so under what circumstances are testing programs appropriate?  And who should do the testing?  Third-party food safety audits have a long history of use in the food industry to evaluate and qualify suppliers, but what is the role of these types of audits going forward?  When is a third party audit enough and when should a company conduct its own audit of its suppliers?  Given the supply chain controls required under the Preventive Controls Rules for Human and Animal Food, this session brings a timely debate to these common and sometimes controversial control measures.  

Invited panelists will represent ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, third party auditors, and regulators.

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