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Jeff Chilton

Jeff Chilton currently serves as Vice President Consulting at Intertek Alchemy. For over 20 years, Jeff has consulted with hundreds of food manufacturing firms to develop and enhance their food safety and quality programs, environmental safety and health, and operations management. Prior to consulting, Jeff worked in the food industry for 15 years as plant manager of two large food processing companies, as well as a director of quality assurance earlier in his career. Jeff is a contributing writer for several national trade magazine and has spoken on food safety and quality topics for numerous trade associations. Jeff is a Certified Lead instructor by the International HACCP Alliance and a FSPCA Lead Instructor. He also teaches Basic and Advanced HACCP and Preventive Control for Human Food courses for client companies and in public courses.
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Getting Ready for SQF Edition 9

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Sep 30 2020
Sep 30 2020

It’s time to start getting pumped about this year’s SQF Global Conference! This industry leading event will be virtual this year but will still offer stellar educational programs by talented speakers. Here’s what you can expect:

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, SQF Code, SQF Quality Code

What Auditors Really Want

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 18 2020
May 18 2020

Let’s start with something most people forget when it comes to audits: Auditors are people. And they’re not out to get you! They don’t want to find anything wrong in your workplace or facility. In fact, they want you to score well during the audit process.

And yet companies and people will focus specifically on whether or not they pass. Driving company sales, as well as individual bonuses or promotions, can hinge upon a good score. But a good score isn’t the point an audit exists — ensuring safety is!

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Topics: Compliance Matters

The Contrast Between Verification and Validation

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Jun 14 2019
Jun 14 2019

Verification and validation seem similar. Both are included as part of HACCP Principle Number 6 for verification. Both are talked about simultaneously. So, is there really a difference? Yes! A big difference!

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Environmental Monitoring – A Critical Component of Food Safety

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 15 2019
Apr 15 2019

Environmental monitoring has become the center of attention for good reason lately. New requirements by FDA and GFSI standards have raised the importance of environmental monitoring programs (EMP’s).

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

6 Methods of Preventing Food Safety Risks

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Feb 13 2019
Feb 13 2019

Food safety is more important than ever — and not following proper protocol can lead to lives lost, not to mention hurt profits, tarnished brands, and low consumer trust. The new SQF Fundamentals Code outlines 6 common causes of food safety hazards to watch out for and account for in your food safety plan. Learn how to spot if they apply to you, and how to implement a solution before you risk failing an audit, or worse, compromising consumers’ safety. For more on the new SQF Fundamentals Code, watch the full webinar with SQFI.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

2018 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Dec 11 2018
Dec 11 2018

2018 has been the year of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the food industry. The Ugly is still going on right now with the two major foodborne illness outbreaks and product recalls plaguing the industry. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises not to serve or sell any Romaine Lettuce contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 from the Central Coastal growing regions of North and Central California. This outbreak has resulted in 52 cases in 15 states with 19 hospitalized and two of the 19 experiencing kidney failure. The CDC expects these numbers to rise as more cases are brought to light.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Get Ready for SQF 2018

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Oct 10 2018
Oct 10 2018

It’s time to get excited about the SQF Conference in Atlanta on October 23-25. This conference is an industry leading event with great educational programs by talented speakers. You will also learn more about the updated SQF Code requirements and have a great opportunity to network with your peers. I will be presenting with Frank Schreurs of SQFI on the new SQF Quality Code and hope to see you there! Read further for more on the new SQF Food Safety Fundamentals Course, SQF Edition 8 status, and the SQF Quality Code.

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Counting Down to FSMA’s Final PCQI Deadline

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Aug 7 2018
Aug 7 2018

Food companies, take note of an important deadline: September 17th is the final date for all facilities to meet PCQI requirements.

As a refresher, FSMA’s Final Rule for Preventive Controls for Human Food requires every food facility to have competent Preventive Controls Qualified Individuals (PCQIs) write or perform reanalysis on their Food Safety Plan. While the PCQI requirement isn’t exactly “new,” (the bill was signed into law in 2015 and rollouts have been happening for the past two years, according to company size), the upcoming September date is the final deadline for all businesses to comply, including small businesses with fewer than 500 full-time employees. 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

BRC Issue 8 is Here!

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Jul 10 2018
Jul 10 2018

Are you ready for BRC Issue 8? The new BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 is here! The final Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 was published August 1st. All GFSI standards are required to be updated at least every three years for the benchmarking process. These updates provide the GFSI Program Owners the opportunity to continually improve their standards and meet updated benchmarking requirements.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

Avoid Fallout from Foodborne –Related Outbreaks and Recalls

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 8 2018
May 8 2018

The food industry has seen significant fallout amid recent widely publicized foodborne illness outbreaks and recalls related to romaine lettuce and shell eggs. In USDA regulated facilities, there have been 6 recalls in the past month. Four of these were related to foreign matter contamination, one for E. Coli O157:H7 contamination and one for processing deviations.

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Improving Operations with Statistical Process Control

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 10 2018
Apr 10 2018

Statistical Process Control (SPC) is top of mind for the food industry. The recent changes to the SQF Quality Code have prompted new interest, since additional requirements for SPC training and applications have been added to the code. In addition, progressive companies recognize the benefit of using SPC applications throughout the manufacturing process at key process control steps.

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Topics: Operational Tactics

How to Build a HACCP Plan for Compliance

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Mar 23 2018
Mar 23 2018

A solid HACCP plan protects your business, brand, and consumers. HACCP is a process control system designed to identify and document the right steps to protect food safety. From there, a hazard analysis is documented. Then critical control points, critical limits, monitoring, corrective action, verification, and recordkeeping procedures are identified. The HACCP system proves products are safe — from manufacturing to consumption.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

HACCP and Preventive Controls Comparisons: Q&A with Industry Expert

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Mar 7 2018
Mar 7 2018

Do you know the difference between a HACCP Plan and a Food Safety Plan? Do you know if your facility requires a designated Preventive Controls Qualified Individual or HACCP Trained I­­­ndividual? Jeff Chilton, VP of Professional Services at Alchemy Systems answers frequently asked questions and more.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

GFSI Drives Food Safety Improvements Trends

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Feb 23 2018
Feb 23 2018

The GFSI conference is right around the corner — this March in Tokyo! This annual event draws over 1000 food safety professionals from over 60 countries. Participants discuss upcoming trends, scientific information, and new requirements for future GFSI benchmarking standards. This year’s conference will focus on successful implementation strategies for GFSI systems.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

SQF Code Edition 8: Ready or Not, Here It Comes!

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Jan 3 2018
Jan 3 2018

The new SQF Codes for Edition 8 become effective on January 2, 2018, when SQF certified suppliers are expected to comply with these new requirements. There are some significant changes, including new required programs, and revised requirements for existing programs and plant conditions.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

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