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Welcome to Cramer’s Corner

July 31st, 2022 by Ima Admin
Cramer's Corner is a free resource for food safety, quality, and sanitation personnel that work in food and beverage processing facilities. Our goal is to share Michael Cramer's knowledge and expertise with the community in short, easy to consume blogs, webinars & presentations. We hope this information will help you maintain and improve your operations while producing a safe, quality product.... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 3, Slide 2

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Bacteria Explain Per Michael Cramer, "While I am not a degreed microbiologist, I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the finest microbiological experts through my career and this has helped me understand the connection between sanitary design, sanitation and GMP’s over the length of the production period. If you are working in a food manufacturing environment, you may be wondering if microorganisms might not only be introduced to... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 3, Slide 1

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Microorganisms in the Food Industry Per Michael Cramer, "We want to now identify one of the potential hazards faced by food manufacturers. Microorganisms in the food industry can be innocuous, beneficial or harmful and it’s important to know the difference for your food safety and sanitation program needs. When I was still relatively new to the industry, I worked with one of the processed meat facilities that made hotdogs, sliced... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 2, Slide 3

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Recall Per Michael Cramer, "We want to continue to be focused on “prevention” to assure the safety of our products, as opposed to having to react. However, there will be times in our career where we will have to react to a test result, a consumer complaint or regulatory control action. This may require pulling product back from customers and consumers. RECALL; the mere mention of the word often causes... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 2, Slide 2

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
USDA Inspections Per Michael Cramer, "USDA inspected establishments have Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Inspection personnel assigned to their facilities. Typically, the first shift inspector is referred to the Inspector-In-Charge, or IIC. Because they may be responsible for more than one establishment, their time in the plant is often limited to tasks they receive through the Public Health Information System (PHIS). Inspection personnel have authority to issue a Non-compliance Report... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 2, Slide 1

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
FDA Inspections Per Michael Cramer, "It’s a beautiful, sunny day outside and the plant is running well. You’re sitting in your office or in a meeting with your FSQA team, when you get a call from the receptionist informing you that there is a FDA inspector at the front and wants to conduct an audit of the facility. What do you do, what are their rights to inspect and how... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 1, Slide 4

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Food Safety Modernization Act Per Michael Cramer, "In 2011 the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law with final implementation in 2015. This law was the most significant piece of food safety legislation since passage of the Pure Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and was enacted in part due to a massive peanut butter recall in 2009. In brief, FSMA provides expectations for FDA regulated food facilities with... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 1, Slide 3

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Sanitation Performance Standards Per Michael Cramer, "You have completed the cleaning, inspection and sanitizing procedures for your direct contact surfaces in your USDA establishment, so now you’re done with sanitation for the day, correct? That would be incorrect! You still have to maintain sanitary conditions during operations to prevent contamination of direct contact surfaces, ingredients or food. FSIS Directive 5000.1, Sanitation Performance Standards, provides the establishment with requirements for inside... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 1, Slide 2

October 1st, 2022 by Jim Miller
Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures Michael Cramer says, "Think about when you were first starting out in the food industry, for example, in a FSIS regulated meat and poultry facility. Or, you transitioned from a FDA regulated facility to a USDA establishment. What do you need to do for an effective Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure? The thought can be so overwhelming at first, but it doesn't need to be complicated. The... Read the rest of this entry »

Cramers Corner Chapt 1:1

Cramer’s Corner – Chapter 1, Slide 1

September 27th, 2022 by Ima Admin
Obligations of Food & Beverage Manufacturers Food manufacturers have an obligation to protect consumers and customers, their brands and company reputation, and company employees and stakeholders. They have a responsibility to conform to all applicable regulations and are required maintain sanitary operational conditions through employee conformance to Good Manufacturing Practices. There are different regulations for FDA and USDA facilities though they have many similarities.... Read the rest of this entry »

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