ARTICLES BY SAM LEWIS

  • FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door
    FSMA Inspections: What To Expect When The FDA Knocks On Your Door

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and Hogan Lovells partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready. Here, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA discuss some of the difference between current and past FDA inspections, as well as what goes into a Foreign Supplier Verification Program inspection.

  • Will Your Traceability Initiatives Reach Regulatory Compliance?
    Will Your Traceability Initiatives Reach Regulatory Compliance?

    FSMA and the Safe Food for Canadians Act are taking traceability regulations to new heights. Is your company prepared to keep up and comply with them? Here, Saqib Javaid, director of quality management systems at NutraBlend Foods, answers my questions about the future of traceability regulations and how to prepare for and comply with them.

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

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

  • How To Always Be FDA Inspection Ready
    How To Always Be FDA Inspection Ready

    In this segment of the Food Online web chat, Food For Thought: How To Always Be FSMA Inspection Ready, Elizabeth Fawell, food industry counsel at Hogan Lovells; and Samantha Cooper, senior manager of food safety and quality assurance at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), begin answering the industry's questions on FSMA inspections.

  • FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens
    FDA Swab-A-Thons: What To Expect In The Search For Pathogens

    Increased scrutiny during FDA inspections has left many food industry professionals with increased anxiety. Here, food industry attorney Shawn Stevens answers my questions about the FDA’s microbiological sampling, how the agency is incorporating Whole Genome Sequencing into it, and what food companies can do to alleviate regulatory worries.

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

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

  • How The CDC Approaches Foodborne Illness Investigations
    How The CDC Approaches Foodborne Illness Investigations

    In the unfortunate event of a foodborne illness outbreak, public health and regulatory officials must act quickly to collect data, determine a cause, and prevent further illnesses. Here, Matthew Wise, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), answers my questions about the role the CDC, and other agencies, play in foodborne illness investigations.

  • Is FSMA Bridging FDA And USDA Gaps?
    Is FSMA Bridging FDA And USDA Gaps?

    It’s no secret; FSMA compliance is challenging. And for facilities under both FDA and USDA jurisdiction, there are plenty of grey areas needing addressed. Here, Craig Henry, founder of Intro Inc., answers my questions about the challenges and grey areas of FSMA implementation, some of the differences between USDA and FDA regulations, and how uniformity between the agencies could address some of the ambiguity of compliance.

  • FSVP: Tying Up Supply Chain Loose Ends
    FSVP: Tying Up Supply Chain Loose Ends

    The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) has meandering requirements and exemptions leaving some in the food industry befuddled regarding compliance. Here, Dr. Janie Dubois, director of the laboratory program at JIFSAN, answers my questions on FSVP requirements, misconceptions of FSVP, as well as its role in laboratory testing.

  • 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.

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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.