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Laura Dunn Nelson

Laura Dunn Nelson is Alchemy's Vice President of Business Development. She brings over 30 years of experience implementing food safety and quality control programs for processing, packaging, food service, and retail operations. She has worked with global retailers and manufacturers in the implementation of their food and workplace safety programs. Laura is a graduate of University of Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology.
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Building Food Safety Across the Supply Chain: Notes from the Food Safety Summit 2018

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

May 25 2018
May 25 2018

The Food Safety Summit celebrated its 20th anniversary this year in Chicago, with a focus on food safety in the supply chain. From growers all the way to retailers, a common thread across the “chain” was the importance of employee engagement at all levels to ensure food safety.

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Topics: Food Safety, Industry Conferences

Innovations in Food Safety at GFSI Tokyo

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Mar 26 2018
Mar 26 2018

We saw a real revolution underway at this year’s GFSI’s Global Food Safety Conference in Tokyo. Recent innovations in data and technology are making it possible for food companies to create more effective methods of advancing food safety. Likewise, customers are using technology to their advantage. They’re no longer passive in their purchases, and have become more empowered to make informed buying decisions and influence others.

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Topics: Food Safety, Industry Conferences

Benchmark Your Food Safety Program

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Mar 14 2018
Mar 14 2018

Imagine three frontline workers: Jack, Mary, and Joe. It’s Jack's first week on the job. He goes through a day of intense onboarding training that includes everything from bathroom locations, to HR policies, to safety training. He is overwhelmed and really doesn't have all the knowledge or confidence he needs, and so he is uninformed. If a food safety decision comes up, he doesn’t know the right decision. He needs more training, experience and coaching to become a food safety expert for his job responsibilities.

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Topics: Food Safety, Training, Webinar

Choose Good Metrics to Move Your Food Safety Training Forward

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Aug 14 2017
Aug 14 2017

More and more food companies are making their training and learning systems a priority these days, and rightly so. After all, your frontline food workers are your biggest asset for keeping people and products safe. But are you evaluating your training to assess its true effectiveness? How do you know your training efforts and costs are paying off?

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Topics: Training

Cleaning, Sanitation, and Environmental Monitoring Programs – How They Work Together

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Jul 18 2017
Jul 18 2017

Food production operations generally devote an entire shift plus fully dedicated teams to painstakingly clean and sanitize their plants. It’s a critical element of each company’s food safety system. Cleaning and sanitation crews must know how to disassemble complex processing equipment, which cleaning solutions to apply, and how to apply them effectively.

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Topics: Food Safety

Video: 3 Minutes, 3 Expert Positions on Training

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

May 4 2017
May 4 2017

In this excerpt from their 2016 Alchemy Conference presentation, three food safety experts—Doug Edmonson, Food Safety & Technology Consultant and Principal Owner at Edmonson & Associates Consulting, LeAnn Chuboff, Senior Technical Manager at SQFI, and Laura Dunn Nelson, VP Food Safety & Global Alliances at Alchemy—discuss the importance of communicating your food safety plan to employees and the need for refresher training.

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Topics: Training

Sessions Gems from BRC’s Food Safety Americas 2017

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Apr 17 2017
Apr 17 2017

Alchemy headed to the British Retail Consortium’s Food Safety Americas conference April 4-5 in Orlando to network and learn more about the ongoing challenges and emerging opportunities in the fight for food safety. The conference agenda was packed with excellent presentations as usual. Here are some of the highlights:

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Topics: Food Safety, Compliance, Industry Conferences

Smart Action by Your Frontline Is Key to Effective Cleaning and Sanitation Operations

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Mar 14 2017
Mar 14 2017

Food processing companies go to great lengths to clean and sanitize their facilities frequently. Many plants devote an entire shift with dedicated sanitation crews to accomplish this important task. Cleaning and sanitation crews must know how to dismantle equipment, which chemicals to apply, and when and how to apply those chemicals effectively—all within a specified schedule of frequency of cleaning and sanitation. So, what could go wrong with this routine task?

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Topics: Training

Foster a Fantastic Food Safety Culture

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Feb 2 2017
Feb 2 2017

Food safety culture has been a popular phrase lately. Most would agree that it’s an important concept, but how do we actually build one and strengthen it? A company’s food safety culture is determined in large part by the strength of its food safety program – one can’t prosper without the other. The critical cog between these two are people – their ability to consistently perform the necessary behaviors to execute a successful food safety program. 

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Topics: Food Safety

Setting Passing Rates for Food Industry Training Courses

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Aug 4 2016
Aug 4 2016

By design, training courses should be created to focus on critical learning objectives that are foundational across the broad food industry to reduce a plant’s risks. Typically, many of these courses are needed for compliance to GFSI schemes such as SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22,000; regulatory requirements including those from USDA-FSIS, FDA, and OSHA; and EPA and NLRB requirements. Specific courses can be created to achieve a variety of goals, such as compliance to internal standards, proficiency in job tasks, increased productivity, general awareness and communication, culture-building, etc., so score achievements in these areas are obviously discretionary.  

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Topics: Training

Food Safety Improvements for 2016: A New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Laura Dunn Nelson

Jan 8 2016
Jan 8 2016

Need a new year’s resolution that will pay huge dividends throughout the year? Now is the perfect time to take a hard look at the results of your operations in 2015 to identify areas for improvement. Where were your successes and failures in safety, product, and people? What pictures does your data paint in the areas of quality, yield, and productivity?

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Topics: Food Safety

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