Building a Comprehensive Food Safety Plan

On Demand Until August 3, 2022

Duration:60 minutes

As food manufacturers, we have an obligation to protect our customers and consumers from hazards that can result in injury or illness. With this in mind, how does a company prepare a comprehensive food safety plan that will help prevent or reduce the potential for a food safety hazard within their manufacturing environment? In addition, how does a company ensure that the plan can be effectively implemented, is enforceable, and still allows for production efficiency? 

Join us to learn how to build a comprehensive food safety plan that will:
  • Reduce potential for hazards
  • Protect consumers
  • Safeguard your brand
  • Conform to regulatory expectations


Michael Barnes, CFS

Food Microbiologist/Sanitarian, Retired

Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. (AFNA)

Michael Barnes, M.Sc., is the corporate food microbiologist/sanitarian at Ajinomoto Foods North America. He is responsible for the company’s food safety, sanitation, and supplier procurement programs, which includes the development and implementation of food safety programs and standards. Michael received an M.Sc. in food science and microbiology from Kansas State University

Michael Cramer

Sr. Director, Food Safety & Quality Assurance, Retired

Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. (AFNA)

Michael Cramer is the senior director of food safety and quality assurance at Ajinomoto Foods North America. He is responsible for establishing, implementing, and directing quality control and food safety efforts to ensure products meet quality, safety, and legal requirements. He received a B.Sc. in health science from West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

(Moderator) Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D.

Editorial Director

Food Safety Magazine

Barbara VanRenterghem, Ph.D., is the editorial director of Food Safety Magazine, a position she has held since 2008. From 2005–2008, she was the chief editor of Controlled Environments Magazine and the science editor of Animal Lab News and Lab Manager Magazine at Vicon Publishing. At Eaton Publishing (1999–2005), she rose from the positions of assistant scientific editor for BioTechniques and acquisitions editor for BioTechniques Press to the editor of content development and acquisitions and director of commercial product development. While at Eaton (then acquired by Informa), she served as the chief editor of Preclinica. She received a B.Sc. in biology in 1989 from Bowling Green State University and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1994 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.


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