Allen Sayler

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


Food safety

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.
April 11, 2014

"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

January 15, 2014

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

September 20, 2013

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.
April 21, 2013
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.
January 17, 2013
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.
April 10, 2012
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

December 7, 2011
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

January 1, 2011
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"

December 1, 2010
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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Sayler on Safety

April 1, 2010
Hydrolized vegetable protein, spices, instantized milk powders, peanuts and peanut products. Who would have guessed that the most significant food safety problem for the U.S. food industry would be ingredients?It
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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 


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