Archive | September, 2015

2015 QLN FSMA Half Day Workshop

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2015 FSMA Workshop ReviewsThe QLN FSMA half day workshop in Irvine was a great success as reported on the VOC by over 100 attendees who gave the event, an overall rating of 4.6 (scale 1-5).

Here is what Dr. Marlene Swider, FDA Quality Manager, and our Hostess,  reported to her Boss, Steven Porter of the FDA District Office in Irvine, CA, the day following the event:

This year the Quality Leadership Network (QLN) at LOS-DO hosted a FSMA workshop between FDA SMEs, Food Industry, and Academia. Dr. Jeff Farrar, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Partnerships for the FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, FDA, served as guest speaker. Also, Ms. Jenny Scott, Senior Advisor to CFSAN’s Director and FDA subject matter expert on Preventive Control participated via teleconference addressing many of the participants questions and encouraging participants to send their questions to FSMA website at  . The purpose of the half day workshop was to  provide FSMA guidance to So. CA small food manufacturers that are trying to better understand how to comply with FDA new FSMA regulations. A panel of industry experts, consultants, and professors from local universities worked in a Case Study. Also, a brief survey gathering participants’ feedback on the usefulness of a designed Score Card quality tool presented took place. The activity included a small celebration for the 2nd Anniversary of QLN with deliverance of the 2015 FDA Collaborating and Leveraging Award certificates for recipients QLN lead members. Presentations from this workshop will be available at

Here are some useful tools for all to share:

Materials from the workshop are coming available on our website. The site includes the Food Corrective/Preventive Action Scorecard, by the ASQ metrics. The site also includes pictures from the workshop. Permission to repost presentations has been requested of each speaker.  FDA announced its page where you can submit specific problems your business is facing regarding FSMA. MEIRxRS showed a video on how its apprenticeship program is helping companies improve food quality

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Conference Program and Call in Information

Can’t make it to the conference, hear the opening speakers by calling in.

The following speakers will be available for call in:

  • 7:55 to 8:30 am PT Dr. Jeff Farrar, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Partnerships for the FDA Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine.
  • 8:30 to 9:10 am PT Laurice Churchill, Chief Southwest Region of the NOAA Seafood Inspection Program
  • 9:10 to 9:40 am PT  Jane Reick, Chief Food Safety Inspection Unit of CHPH Food and Drug Branch

Join by phone for the above speakers.

  • Local 1-301-796-7777
  • Toll Free 1-855-828-1770
  • Cisco Unified Meeting Place Meeting ID: 742 965 776

Here is the full program FSMA Program Sept 2015 Document Icon

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FSMA Public Meeting: Preventive Controls for Human and Animal Food Final Rules

Event posted at Easy FSMA Calendar

October 20, 2015 – 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile
540 North Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

The purpose of this public meeting is to provide an opportunity to discuss the FDA’s comprehensive planning effort for the next phase of FSMA implementation, which involves putting in place the new public health prevention measures and the risk-based industry accountability framework that is at the core of the act.

Public meeting attendees are encouraged to register online to attend the meeting in person or via live Webcast.  For questions about registering for the meeting or to register by phone, contact Courtney Treece at 704-258-4983, FAX: 469-854-6992, e-mail: Early registration is strongly recommended because seating is limited.

For general questions about the meeting or to request special accommodations due to a disability: Juanita Yates, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 240-402-1731, e-mail:

Additional information here

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FSMA Half Day Workshop

fsma course flyerFDA Irvine is hosting a FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) workshop for food manufacturing executives in finance and/or quality assurance. Come and join us at the FSMA Compliance Workshop on September 24, 2015!

More information at:

Register for the event at:

FSMA will impact your food business. Find out how and what to do about it. This is a half day workshop on Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance at the FDA Field Office in Irvine, CA.

Breakfast and refreshments are sponsored by the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Food, Drug & Cosmetic Division, the Quality Leaders Network (QLN) Food Group, RxRS Apprenticeship Program and Food Safety Net Services.

Who Should Attend

Two representatives from each company are highly suggested.

  1. CEO, CFO, or VP of Finance (Free attendance)
  2. Head of Quality (Free Attendance)

FSMA Course Flyer

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