Getting the Scoop with Julie Neuhalfen 

The food we eat keeps us energized and healthy, and we believe this because it’s what we’ve been told since we were kids. But, what happens if the food we eat is potentially harmful? Thankfully, cases are limited due to the preventative programs in place by the FDA and CFSAN (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition). Whether we are aware of it or not, food producers must check multiple boxes when it comes to nutrition labeling and packaging before securing a spot on our grocery store shelves.

Today we spoke with Food Safety Specialist, Julie Neuhalfen, about the process of Risk Analysis in food production. Julie shared this with us:

“Risk assessments can be a very daunting task, and many will not know where to start, but there are simple steps that can be taken to get things off the ground. Risk assessments for HARPC plans are both the risk of the ingredients and risks in the process, but what we often forget is to start with the process flow.  The process flow will drive the risk assessments to help ensure we cover all the steps in our process. It will determine at each step which ingredients have the food safety measures in place.”

Julie doesn’t deny that the process is a grueling one and knowing where to beginning is overwhelming. She has developed a list of five W’s to help try to attack the process. Julie explains,

“Finding the supporting information for decisions made in the risk assessment is hard, no other way to put it.  Many times, we know the risk exists…there is not a cookie cutter format that will work for everyone, because each business has something unique that they do, either in product, ingredients or process. However, the basics for each business are the same.”

You can learn all about Julie’s 5 W’s in Risk Assessment at our second annual Midwest Laboratories Voice in Food Production Symposium on Oct. 10th.

We are nearing the last week to take advantage of the Early Bird Special Pricing after September 30th tickets will go up to full price. click here to register

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