ARTICLES BY SAM LEWIS

  • Inside Ocean Spray’s FSMA Inspection Readiness
    Inside Ocean Spray’s FSMA Inspection Readiness

    The phrase, “FDA inspection” often sends a shiver down the spines of food manufacturers. But, a routine visit from the agency doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Here, Miriam Maxwell, senior principal regulatory scientist, corporate scientific and regulatory affairs at Ocean Spray, reviews how her company prepares for and executes FSMA inspections, as well as explains what the FDA looks for when it arrives at your door.

  • How Novel Contamination Detection Methods Raise The Food Safety Bar
    How Novel Contamination Detection Methods Raise The Food Safety Bar

    Prevention of food contamination is a much more practical approach than testing every product in the supply chain. But, that doesn’t mean contamination testing technologies will ever be obsolete. Here, Vincent Paez, director of the Global Food Safety Forum (GFSF), answers my questions about current and emerging methods and technological advancements helping to keep the global food supply safe. Paez will be speaking at the Global Food Safety Forum’s event: Food Safety Training Summit on Monday, August 28, 2017 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

  • Food Online’s Top 10 Of July
    Food Online’s Top 10 Of July

    What was most important to our readers in July? Take a look back at last month by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online in July.

  • Is Whole Genome Sequencing The Fast Lane To Safer Food?
    Is Whole Genome Sequencing The Fast Lane To Safer Food?

    Earlier this year, Food Online Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) member Omar Oyarzabal, Ph.D., penned a column on Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) in the food industry, its benefits, and some of the challenges it’s presenting. In his column, Dr. Oyarzabal clearly offered his stance on WGS, backing it with both scientific and anecdotal evidence. Intrigued by Dr. Oyarzabal’s stance, I wondered what other food industry experts thought about WGS. I reached out to two members of Food Online’s EAB to learn more.

  • Overcoming The Obstacles Of Food Safety Culture
    Overcoming The Obstacles Of Food Safety Culture

    In this segment of Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture, Lone Jespersen, former director of food safety & operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods; and Brian Bedard, executive director of GMA SEF discuss some of the common barriers manufacturers face in food safety culture and how to overcome them.

  • 5 Ways Canada Is Bolstering Its Food Safety Approach
    5 Ways Canada Is Bolstering Its Food Safety Approach

    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is currently updating regulations and updating its inspection model to keep pace with a constantly-changing, global environment. Nicole Bouchard-Steeves, executive director for the Operations Modernization Project Office with CFIA, shared five initiatives helping Canada improve its food safety efforts.

  • Food Online’s Top 10 Of June
    Food Online’s Top 10 Of June

    What was most important to our readers in June? Take a look back at the first month of summer by reviewing the 10 most-popular articles that appeared on Food Online in June.

  • Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Food Defense Rule
    Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Food Defense Rule

    In this segment of Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule, the National Milk Producers Federation's Clay Detlefsen and the Grocery Manufacturers Association's Warren Stone answer the food industry's questions about FSMA’s Food Defense Rule.

  • What's Senior Leadership's Role In Food Safety Culture?
    What's Senior Leadership's Role In Food Safety Culture?

    In this segment of Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture, Lone Jespersen and Brian Bedard discuss senior leadership’s role in food safety culture, how food safety culture can be measured and evaluated, and how it can be incorporated into food safety management systems.

  • Listeria Control Programs: A Journey Of Sampling To Prevention
    Listeria Control Programs: A Journey Of Sampling To Prevention

    As the food industry shifts its focus from reaction to prevention, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is becoming its new mantra. Here, Nandini Natrajan, Ph.D., senior director of science operations at Keystone Foods, shares insight on how the FDA and FSIS are approaching listeria control programs and preventing contamination-related recalls.

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Sam Lewis



Sam Lewis is the editor of Food Online and serves as a liaison for the publication’s readers. Sam writes, and edits contributed articles, about nearly every aspect of the food manufacturing industry — from new, innovative technologies and techniques in manufacturing and processing, product and packaging inspection, the cold chain and traceability, to the latest domestic and global food safety initiatives and guidelines. Additionally, Sam manages Food Online’s social media outlets.