Hygiene in the food processing environment continues to be an issue of paramount focus around the world. The onslaught of food recalls and even sickness resulting from foodborne pathogens have led to an expansion of food safety regulations globally. Facility managers in food processing facilities are tasked with taking a proactive approach to managing food risk. Likewise, manufacturers of products for these environments must innovate to support a holistic approach to cleanliness and ultimately the overall health of the environment. In this talk, Dr. Richards will explore the food processing environment, note global regulations related to hygiene for food processing and provide an overview of systematic solutions to meet the ever-changing requirements of the food industry.
Dr. Richards is a microbiologist with experience that spans government agencies, regulatory entities, academia, and private research organisations. She joined Microban International in 2014 and oversees both the microbiology and analytical chemistry programs, with primary responsibility for providing technical support for research and development of surface technologies that enhance hygiene systems in various industries.
Richards earned BSc. and M. Phil (Biology) degrees from the University of the West Indies (Mona) and Ph.D. in Food Science & Technology with emphasis in Food Safety/Microbiology from University of Georgia, Athens GA. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Held in Birmingham, UK, the Cleanroom Technology Conference is designed to highlight best practice and regulations affecting both cleanroom design and cleanroom operation across various sectors for those working in controlled environments and cleanrooms. The conference will feature case studies, practical workshops and papers from leading industry experts across two days, covering topics including Regulations & Standards (ISO 14644 & ISO 14698), Microbiology, Containment, Operation and Validation, Consumables, Clothing & PPE, Cleanroom Design, Safe Utility Usage. Organized by the leading international publication for cleanroom operators and contamination control specialists in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and high tech industries, the conference provides an ideal opportunity for attendees to learn from industry experts and broaden their networks.
Dr. Richards talk will take place on Tuesday, May 21 at 2:30pm.