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August 27, 2015
Supplier Management Programs: Industry Best Practices
Today’s food industry must strategically place greater emphasis on preventive measures for food safety and food defense. Food manufacturers have turned increasingly to global sources for their supplies. This globalization of supply forces manufacturers to look for more effective ways to coordinate the flow of products into and out of their facilities. Prevention requires that food safety be built in from the beginning with close interactions with suppliers, growers, and importers.
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Warren Stone, Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance & Inspection, GMA
Based in Northern California, Warren Stone is Senior Director of Science Policy, Compliance & Inspection in GMA’s Science Policy Division. In this position, he works with a broad audience including member and potential member companies, GMA scientific and technical staff, regulatory agents and universities. Warren provides GMA members with training, technical guidance, advice and assistance in areas of food safety, food microbiology, HACCP, food defense, allergen control, regulatory compliance, and sanitation systems. He is an instructor for GMA’s various HACCP course offerings, Food Defense Workshops, and Better Process Control School. He serves as staff liaison for GMA’s Food Defense Committee, Sanitation Share Group, and Leading Supplier Practices Share Group. Warren also speaks Spanish.
Warren’s background includes 30 years of in-plant experience in both manufacturing and quality assurance in a variety of operations, including low-acid canned foods, frozen foods, meat and poultry, seafood, juice, dairy items, fresh produce, salsas, dips and spreads. He has written numerous HACCP, quality system, sanitation and microbiological control programs for various food companies. He holds both a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) from Canisius College of Buffalo, NY and a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Davis.
David Fairfield, Vice President, Feed Services, National Grain and Feed Association
David Fairfield joined the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) staff in July 2001 after spending 20 years managing operations for major U.S. commercial feed companies. As vice president of feed services, he is NGFA’s primary staff person that addresses feed/food safety and operational issues.
David participates as a technical advisor within a variety of animal food safety forums, including those associated with the Association of American Feed Control Officials, land grant universities, and private industry initiatives. He served as a member of the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) feed working group that established benchmarking parameters for animal food safety programs, and currently is a member of the U.S. technical advisory group working within ISO to develop a technical standard for animal feed prerequisite programs.
David also serves as chair for the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance Animal Food Subcommittee charged with developing guidance and training materials to effectively implement regulations being promulgated under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
David is a magna cum laude graduate in feed science from Kansas State University’s Department of Grain Science.
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