Allen Sayler

Allen Sayler is vice president of regulatory affairs and international standards for the International Dairy Foods Association.

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Food safety training for dairy plant workers

A philosophy, and the reality of training line employees

There is no school for dairy plant production workers. It is up to you to teach food safety and plant safety. Then you have to observe that the teaching has been understood.


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FSMA Timetable Reset: Court Orders & Re-Writes

Use this 3-year enforcement timeline when planning for employee training and compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

"Are we there yet?” Many senior plant and dairy corporate leaders are wondering when the journey will end regarding full implementation of the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act.


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How to manage the parade of auditors, inspectors in your dairy plant

I love a parade except when it’s a never-ending march through my plant by inspectors from federal or state agencies or auditors sent by customers or third-parties.


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The 3 Fs of FSMA: frustrating, fizzling, fantastic

It all depends upon your point of view. But one thing is for sure: every dairy plant will be required to have a “qualified individual” who is responsible for
the facility’s FSMA program.


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A new testing concept is on the horizon

Metagenomics technology could become a valuable tool for dairy plants to quickly identify root-cause solutions to microbial problems.
Laboratory testing in a dairy plant is primarily divided into ingredients, in-process product, finished product, environmental testing and equipment start-up. All of these categories can be evaluated for quality and safety targets.
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Use benchmarks to improve food safety

Establish a dairy product benchmarking system to provide easy-to-understand data that compares key food safety indicators against target food safety goals.
Everyone in dairy companies, including corporate management, has increased their focus on food safety over the past two years.
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Prepare Your Plant to Comply with Food Safety Act

Look for some regulations contained in the Food Safety Modernization Act to be released as early as this summer, with more to come by year’s end and into 2013.
Most dairy industry meetings over the past year have devoted at least one session or agenda item to safety. DMI’s Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy established a Food Safety Committee almost two years ago to evaluate existing food safety tools and develop new ones. One of the main reasons for this focus was the passage in 2010 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
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Product Safety Begins With the Workforce

What key factors does the U.S. dairy industry depend on to deliver safe dairy products? There could be many answers, but the predominant factor is an educated, motivated and well-trained workforce.
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A 7-Point Checklist for Evaluating Suppliers

In my April 2010 column, “Who is the Weakest Link in the Food Chain?,” I made the point that suppliers could unintentionally defeat all the food safety and quality programs put in place by dairy plants.
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The Dairy Industry Needs a Food Safety "Farm Team"

At a meeting of the Dairy Practices Council in Columbus, Ohio, Matt McKnight, vice president, market access and regulatory affairs of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, made a strong point about the opportunities for the U.S. dairy industry to expand the 5% to 10% (depending on the year) dairy export volume to the world.
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Velvet Ice Cream Co., Utica, Ohio

Velvet Ice Cream built its reputation on making premium products that adhere to the standard of identity for ice cream. Its lines consist of premium, all natural, churned (low-fat), no sugar added, novelties, sherbet (in cups and in push-up tubes) and a controlled ice cream brand for grocery store customers.

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President's Address --2020 Vision

They say hindsight is 20/20, but IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton is turning that old adage on its head. She plans to look forward to the next five years with a focused vision on important changes ahead for the dairy industry. In her address Tipton will challenge industry leaders to be willing to shake things up. She will unveil plans to ramp up IDFA activities during the run up to 2020.

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