Special Session Presentation
Designing Safe Grain-Based Food Products
Sourcing safe ingredients
D. Akins-Lewenthal (1), R. LEGGE (1)
(1) ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, U.S.A.
Preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur is fundamental for protecting public health. One aspect of strengthening our food safety system is to understand the importance of sourcing safe food ingredients. Choosing a reputable ingredient supplier can be challenging for food manufacturers. The supplier must meet criteria based on product development, quality assurance, manufacturing, sales and marketing needs. This presentation, however, will focus on the food safety criteria needed to ensure safe ingredients are being sourced. Examples of topics to be discussed include meeting regulatory requirements, as well as the Food Safety Modernization Act’s Foreign Supplier Verification Program. The presentation will also incorporate information around understanding the supplier’s food safety programs and obtaining a sense of management commitment.
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