ARTICLES BY SAM LEWIS

  • Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Food Defense Rule
    Unfinished Business: Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Food Defense Rule

    Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule featuring Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF); and Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). In this 45-minute live Q&A, Detlefsen and Stone answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. While the session was educational and informative, there wasn’t enough time to answer every question. Here, Detlefsen and Stone address the unanswered questions from the live web chat.

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

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) and Cultivate Food Safety partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate and former director of food safety and operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods; and Brian Bedard, executive director of the GMA SEF, discuss senior leadership’s role in food safety culture, how food safety culture can be evaluated and/or measured, 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 reacting to adverse events to preventing them, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is becoming the new mantra. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Nandini Natrajan, Ph.D., senior director of science operations at Keystone Foods, shared her insights on how both the FDA and USDA FSIS are approaching listeria control, as well as what those companies can do to mitigate their listeria risk and prevent listeria contamination-related recalls.

  • Building Food Defense Plans: Why HACCP Isn’t Enough
    Building Food Defense Plans: Why HACCP Isn’t Enough

    On Tuesday, May 23, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic, including why HACCP isn't enough to ensure you comply with FSMA's Food Defense Rule.

  • 11 Critical Components Of Improving Food Safety Culture
    11 Critical Components Of Improving Food Safety Culture

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association Science and Education Foundation (GMA SEF) and Cultivate Food Safety partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: Establishing, Maintaining, And Improving Food Safety Culture. Here, Lone Jespersen, principal at Cultivate and former director of food safety and operations learning at Maple Leaf Foods details 11 points every company should consider when thinking about food safety culture.

  • FSMA's Food Defense Rule: Answers To Your Questions
    FSMA's Food Defense Rule: Answers To Your Questions

    The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF join Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

  • How TreeHouse Foods’ Technology Aids Recall Prevention
    How TreeHouse Foods’ Technology Aids Recall Prevention

    Effective traceability processes, combined with advancements in technology, can help keep non-conforming products off the market. This protects the health of consumers, ensures brand integrity, and minimizes costs to the manufacturer. But, food safety and quality, along with their associated technologies, are evolving. At the 13th Annual North American Summit On Food Safety, Brian Perry, SVP of food safety and quality at TreeHouse Foods, shared his insights on the ever-expanding, global food supply chain and how technology aids traceability, even when things don’t go according to plan.

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

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

  • Food For Thought:  FSMA’s Food Defense Rule (Part One Of Three)
    Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule (Part One Of Three)

    On Tuesday, May 23, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) partnered with Food Online for a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Food Defense Rule. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Warren Stone, senior director of science policy, compliance, and inspection at GMA, and Clay Detlefsen, VP of regulatory affairs and counsel at NMPF joined Food Online’s editor, Sam Lewis, to answer the food industry’s questions on the topic.

  • Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule
    Answering Your Questions About FSMA's Sanitary Transportation Rule

    Food Online hosted a live web chat, Food For Thought: FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule, featuring Jon Samson, executive director of the Agricultural and Food Transporters Conference at the American Trucking Association, and Samantha Cooper, manager of food safety and quality assurance at GMA. In this 45-minute live Q&A, Samson and Cooper answered the audience’s questions about FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule. Here, Samson and Cooper address unanswered questions from the live web chat.

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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.