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June 13, 2024 | 12:00 PM ET

Using Digital and Automated Food Safety Testing to Inform Risk

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Evaluating hazards and risks assessments are  critical tools for food safety professionals developing and following their food safety plans. Risk scores can be developed using the expertise of your team, providing their perception of risk from their perspective and experiences. Though valuable, a risk scoring exercise based solely on perception is only capable of yielding a “perceived risk” score. While perception is a good start, an actionable risk assessment should be based on actual outcomes and experiences. The availability of hard data, collected over time, has a dramatic impact on validating perceptions.

Pathogen diagnostic data, for example, along with the probability, frequency, and likeliness of occurrences, would allow a risk assessment score to be based on a historical trend, rather than a perceived level of frequency and probability.

Data reduces the guesswork and assumptions within a risk assessment, becoming a necessary element to transform risk perception into risk knowledge. While it is useful to perform a risk assessment based on perceived scoring and prioritization, it is essential that a risk assessment be validated with real data.

Learning Objectives:

Through discussion and case examples, participants will learn:

  • Approaches for assessing risks.
  • The 4 drivers for assessing risk.
  • How access to, and use of, relevant data enriches and accelerates risk assessments.
  • Lessons taken from real world risk assessment case examples. 

Who Should Attend:

  • Employees in the Food Processing, Food Manufacturing and Foodservice industries


David Hatch

David Hatch
Vice President, Digital Solutions

David currently serves as Vice President, Digital Solutions at Neogen. He was formerly Chief Commercial Officer at Corvium (acquired by Neogen in February 2023) where he led the introduction of the food industry’s most advanced food safety automation software platform, now called Neogen Analytics. David is a passionate evangelist for digital automation and analytical advancements of business processes. For over 30 years, David has led organizations focused on data analytics technologies, market research and consulting services. He has authored dozens of research studies, blogs, articles and white papers covering a broad range of data analytics topics, including predictive analytics, performance management, workflow automation, and operational analytics. David holds a B.A. in Communication from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst (UMASS), and was the inaugural Chair of the Alumni Board of Advisors for the Dept. of Communication at The School of Behavioral Sciences at UMASS.

Jennifer McEntire

Jennifer McEntire, PhD
Food Safety Safety Strategy

Jennifer McEntire, PhD, is the founder of Food Safety Strategy, a food safety consulting firm specializing in crisis response, regulatory support, and food safety plan evaluations. Previously, Jennifer was the Chief Food Safety and Regulatory Officer at the International Fresh Produce Association (previously United Fresh). A food microbiologist by background, she has worked in the Washington, DC area for over 20 years, bringing the scientific perspective to food safety regulatory issues. She was previously Vice President of Science Operations at the Grocery Manufacturers Association. She has also had roles as VP and Chief Science Officer at The Acheson Group and as the Senior Staff Scientist and Director of Science & Technology Projects at the Institute of Food Technologists. McEntire earned a PhD from Rutgers University as a USDA National Needs Fellow in Food Safety and received a Bachelor of Science with Distinction, magna cum laude, in food science from the University of Delaware. She serves on the technical committee of the Center for Produce Safety and is active in several food safety coalitions and associations.

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