ARTICLES BY SAM LEWIS

  • Delivering Solutions For FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule
    Delivering Solutions For FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule

    In this Q&A, Jon Samson, Executive Director of AFTC at ATA and Samantha Cooper, manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at GMA answer the food industry’s questions on FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule.

  • Food Online's Top 10 Of March
    Food Online's Top 10 Of March

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

  • Answering FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule’s Biggest Questions
    Answering FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule’s Biggest Questions

    On Tuesday, March 14, GMA and ATA partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Jon Samson, Executive Director of AFTC at ATA and Samantha Cooper, manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at GMA joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

  • Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Doing Enough?
    Supply Chain Risk Management: Are You Doing Enough?

    Supply chains in the food industry are more complex than ever before, and with that complexity comes greater vulnerability. Here, Greg Sommerville, Director of Supply Integrity at McCormick Global Ingredients, answers my questions about holistic supply chain risk management and the tools and strategies available to enhance it. Greg will be speaking at the upcoming Food Safety Americas 2017 held April 4-5 in Orlando, FL.

  • Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule
    Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule

    On Tuesday, March 14, GMA and ATA partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Jon Samson, Executive Director of AFTC at ATA and Samantha Cooper, manager of Food Safety and Quality Assurance at GMA joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

  • Food Traceability: Enabling Timely Emergency Responses And Protecting Consumers
    Food Traceability: Enabling Timely Emergency Responses And Protecting Consumers

    Traceability gives food manufacturers an effective way to track products, and their attributes, as they move through the supply chain. But, even with the best traceability practices, recalls — and other food safety events — can occur. Here, Brian Perry, SVP Food Safety & Quality at TreeHouse Foods, answers my questions about ensuring consumer confidence with traceability endeavors and how traceability aids food manufacturers during crisis situations, such as a recall.

  • Food Online's Top 10 Of February
    Food Online's Top 10 Of February

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

  • How Whole Genome Sequencing Is Impacting The Food Industry
    How Whole Genome Sequencing Is Impacting The Food Industry

    Regulators are increasingly using Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for foodborne illness investigation and regulatory enforcement activities. However, the food industry is at a crossroad on whether or not, and how, to use WGS. Here, Ai Kataoka, scientist in microbiology at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), answers my questions on WGS’ influence of the food industry.

  • How To Prepare For FSMA Preventive Controls Inspections
    How To Prepare For FSMA Preventive Controls Inspections

    With Preventive Controls for Human Food inspections now underway, the food industry is beginning to observe trends with inspections. These trends are enabling improvements in current programs and documentation management practices, in addition to helping the food makers become prepared for future inspections. Here, Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association, answers my questions on what is being seen during the first round of FSMA’s Preventive Controls inspections and how the industry can further prepare.

  • Implementing FSMA: What Do I Need To Know And Do?
    Implementing FSMA: What Do I Need To Know And Do?

    Several of FSMA’s major rules are now in effect, but that doesn’t mean all food makers are clear on what is expected of them. There are thousands of pages of regulations for the law, which can be confusing and daunting, not to mention the rules present food companies with a plethora of new challenges. Here, Hilary Thesmar, Ph.D., RD, CFS, VP of food safety programs at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), answers my questions on what food makers need to know to comply with FSMA’s requirements and offers guidance on how they can achieve it.

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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.