Mettler Toledo delivered a presentation on how to proceed effectively with validating a metal detector. Validation of food safety inspection equipment, including metal detectors, has become a lively topic among food manufacturers and processors. The company addressed validating detection capability and validating system reject operation.
TEGAM introduced its 900 series thermometer at the Summit. The 93X models are Bluetooth low energy technology-enabled handheld thermometers that offer data logging, storage, and transmission out-of-the-box. The 91X features a 2,000-hour battery life, along with necessary durability to handle food processing environments.
In addition, Steritech offered insights into its specialized assessment programs that provide objective, yet positive, experiences that can educate on the “how” and “why” behind brand standards to help mitigate risk.
Also during the Summit, SQF Institute and Alchemy Systems organized a field trip for the press to get a first-hand look at how food companies around the Chicago area are exhibiting ther committed to a food safety culture. Chicago-mainstays Vanee Foods and Eli’s Cheesecake both provided behind-the-scenes looks of their operations and demonstrated how a successful commitment to food safety begins with top management. Both companies are leading by example with their dedication to adhering to certification programs and continual training—putting a lot of what was showcased on the Food Safety Summit exhibit hall into practice.
The last day of the Summit featured a town hall moderated by Gary Ades, president of G&L Consulting and chairman of the Summit Educational Advisory Board. Panelists AFDO’s Joe Corby, CDC’s Dr. Robert Tauxe, MPH, USDA’s Al Almanza, and FDA’s Stephen Ostroff discussed how the agencies are working together on food safety initiatives and new developments such as whole genome sequencing. “The basis of sound regulation is sound science,” commented Ostroff.
If you missed this year’s event, plans are already being made for the 2018 Food Safety Summit, which will again be held in Rosemont from May 8 through May 10, 2018, with pre-conference certification courses starting on Monday, May 7.