PJRFSI is hosting a series of FREE, educational webinars in the coming weeks and months. Check out what’s coming up below!
Allergen Management in 2021: Rules and Tools for Safe Foods
September 30, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- Emily Kaufman, President, Emport LLC
In this webinar we will be discussing an overview of the various allergen & gluten laws, guidelines, and solutions in Canada and the USA. Join Emport LLC’s, President, Emily Kaufman for an in-depth chat about the types of testing available for allergens (LFD, ELISA, PCR, General Protein, etc.), their general strengths and weaknesses & questions to ask when determining how and what to test. We will also be discussing the distinction between validation and verification when it comes to allergens: what tools to use, how to validate both a test kit and a cleaning plan, and the role of proficiency testing in any allergen management plan.
The Growth, Challenges, Certification and Sustainability of CBD in 2021 & Beyond
October 5, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- Allyn Shultis, Executive Director from the Global Retailers Manufacturers Association (GRMA), CEO & President
- Neshat Soofi of JIT Experts Hive
- Brett McMillen, Cannabis & Hemp Division Manager, PJR
- Jennifer Knaack, Sr. Director of Compliance and Science, KOI CBD
The global industrial hemp & CBD markets are projected to grow from US$3.9 billion in 2020 to US$18.8 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 32.17%. Join Allyn Shultis, Executive Director from the Global Retailers Manufacturers Association (GRMA), CEO & President, Neshat Soofi of JIT Experts Hive and Brett McMillen, Cannabis & Hemp Division Manager, PJR for a robust panel discussion around the growth of the market, regulatory compliance around product commercialization, the challenges retailers, processors, farms and labs are facing, as well as Ecommerce and building a safe and compliant supply chain. We will be touching on labelling and other requirements as well as the internal resources of a company and the strain around touching multiple product categories.
The Importance of ESG in the Food Industry
October 12, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- Fiona Humphries PIEMA, Technical Manager, Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing, BRCGS
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis and reporting can provide valuable insights and help create long-term value for stakeholders. It can significantly impact the financial metrics of a company and better inform investment decisions. A recent Wall Street Journal survey evaluated 5,500 publicly-traded companies on ESG metrics, with Nestle the only food company scoring in the Top 100. Globally, the food industry is responsible for using 70% of global freshwater and generating almost a quarter of of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. With these alarming statistics, it’s clear that the food industry needs to take action to reduce its environmental footprint. Join Fiona Humphries from BRCGS to discuss the industry’s environmental challenges, as well as other ESG issues like equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as fairer employment practices that aim to protect workers’ rights.
2022 – A In-Depth Look at Emerging Challenges & Risk Factors in the Food Industry
October 21, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- Jennifer Crandall, CEO of Safe Food En Route
- Jill Stuber, The Food Safety Coach and President
- Evan Rosen of Excelsior Food Safety Solutions LLC
New challenges to food safety will continue to emerge, largely because of changes in our food production and supply, including more imported foods. Changes in the environment leading to food contamination and better detection of multi-state/province outbreaks are critical as well as considering the new and emerging bacteria, toxins, and antibiotic resistance. Join our distinguished panel of experts, Jennifer Crandall, CEO of Safe Food En Route, Jill Stuber, The Food Safety Coach and President Evan Rosen of Excelsior Food Safety Solutions LLC as we explore the 5 most common risk factors and food safety challenges as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which by the way, is the cause of most foodborne illnesses.
Food Fraud Prevention in an Organic World
November 4, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- Dr. John Spink, PHD, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
- Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
The New USDA National Organic Program Requirements in the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Final Rule will be co-presented with the Organic Trade Association. This presentation will feather Dr. John Spink from Michigan State University and the OTA for a robust discussion around food fraud.
Food Risk Intelligence and AI for Food Risk Prevention
December 2, 2021 – 11:00 am EST
- Nikos Manouselis, CEO, Agroknow
Nikos Manouselis is the Chief Executive Officer for Agroknow. Join Nikos as he explains and demystifies the 3 key areas of food risk intelligence being i.e. monitoring, assessment and prevention and how digital technologies can help. Agroknow’s thought leadership publication on “Artificial Intelligence & Predictive Analytics for Food Risk Prevention” has just been released. Contributors came from Amazon, The Coca-Cola Company, Nestlé, ABP, McDonald’s, Mondelēz and others. We will also discuss how your company ranks in food risk intelligence and a simple self-assessment tool to measure how you perform in terms of food risk monitoring, assessment and prevention.
Brand Protection, Going Beyond Food Safety in 2022
December 9, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
- John Kukoly, Global Director, BRCGS
During this session we will explore brand protection with John Kukoly, Director of BRCGS. John will take us a step beyond food safety, highlighting the importance of quality management as it applies to the food industry. We will also introduce and examine important risks to brands such as those related to Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing, Environmental, Social & Governance, etc., and how you can protect your brands reputation through compliance. Don’t miss this one!