Filtered by tag: Safety Remove Filter

Monkey Pox Factsheet for the Food Industry

CDC Recommends to Update Your Adverse Health Policy to Include Monkey Pox

The number of cases of Monkey Pox in the U.S. has now risen to the point where the CDC is recommending that all food processing facilities look for the symptoms on their employees (and send them home from work if the “pox” symptoms are present).  Food processors also need to ensure that all food handlers are reminded to follow GMPs and always wear gloves when touching food or food contact surfaces, to mitigate the risks of Monkey Pox being spread through the food materials.

Please read the attached flyer of information regarding the Monkey Pox virus from the Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University. This document was created on August 11, 2022.

Read More

NJFPA Member Benefits on Rutgers Training

NJFPA Member Benefits on Rutgers Training

Back-to-school season is not just for kids. NJFPA members get a 10% discount on training from Rutgers. Remember that everyone in an NJFPA member company is eligible for NJFPA benefits! Contact Rutgers about customized training for your whole staff

Updated course listings have been posted Food Science and Food Safety Courses – Rutgers NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education Broaden and update your team's food skills with Food Safety training courses and Food Science courses offered by Rutgers, including HACCP training, food microbiology, sensory evaluation, and more. - cpe.rutgers.edu

Featured Course: Sensory Evaluation
Course Code: LF0606CA23 Date: Sept 28 & 29, 2022 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Location: Cook Student Center, 59 Biel Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 
Registration: $1,150 per person Early Bird Discount Fee: $1,050 per person (expires September 7, 2022)

2022 Annual Conference

NJFPA 2022 Annual Conference
Friday, March 18, 2022 - 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Program | Registration | Exhibitors | Sponsorship | Accommodations

The New Jersey Food Processors Association is thrilled to announce that we will be returning to Atlantic City for our 2022 Annual Conference! At Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City the NJFPA community will come together on the theme of  "Rescue Your Risk" - get the latest information and first-hand perspectives on reducing your business risk from workforce issues, supply chain disruption, food safety, regulations, and more. Bookmark the conference page and make sure you are subscribed to our newsletter for updates.



Read More

See you tonight in Ewing!

TONIGHT - NJFPA on the Road at River Horse Brewing

Fill out the health screening and get ready to raise a glass! https://www.njfoodprocessors.org/healthscreeningnovotr 

Innovate South Jersey: Food Manufacturing

Chamber of Commerce of Southern NJ Presents: Innovate South Jersey

Tuesday, October 26th | 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Special NJFPA Pricing: $25  - Register Today
The Grove at Centerton

1022 Almond Road PittsgroveNJ 08318

NJFPA Board member Nolan Lewin of the Rutgers Food Innovation Center will be contributing to this important regional event. 



Read More

The NJFPA Food Forum : Season 1

Congratulations to the Hosts and Guests of Season 1!

With 10 episodes recorded, Season 1 of the NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum Podcast is already creating a buzz standing out with true stories and honest advice on the NJ Food Processing world.

As your business and your circumstances change, relisten for advice on every stage of your business:

Starting up : 

Read More

NJFPA Online Career and Hiring Resources

Grow Your Professional Network Online with the NJFPA

Network and keep up with industry news with NJFPA on LinkedIn.

  • Like what you heard on the latest NJFPA Food Forum Podcast? Speakers are always tagged on LinkedIn so members can connect.

  • Hiring or marketing a Job Fair on LinkedIn or other social media? Tag the NJFPA to help broaden your reach.

  • Share and comment on industry news to grow your knowledge and profile as a thought leader.

  • Host members only conversations in the NJFPA discussion group.
Log on to NJfoodprocessors.org to update your profile: 
  • Search the Member Directory to connect with members in a particular town, field or company. 

  • Have an opportunity to share? Members post jobs for FREE on the exclusive NJFPA Job Board and Resume Bank as a part of NJFPA's commitment to supporting the community.

  • NEW! See even more great opportunities in one place with additional postings from ZipRecruiter. (Well below our member opportunities!)
FIND YOUR YES
at the
NJFPA JOB BOARD

Benchmarking Survey Results

2021 NJ Food Manufacturers Benchmarking Survey

The results from the Grassi Manufacturing & Distribution practice and New Jersey Food Processors Association (NJFPA) comprehensive industry benchmarking survey are in.

The findings point to the resiliency and agility of the industry over the past 12 months and indicate a positive overall outlook for the sector.  

NJFPA In Person Event Survey

Are you ready to shake hands yet?

As we plan our next few in-person meetings we need your input.

By sharing your perspective on this transition, you will be helping us to be thoughtful in our approach to bringing our community back together.

Read More

NJDOH Vaccine Resources for Employers

NJ Needs YOUR Help to Get Everyone Vaccinated!

Stopping a pandemic requires using all the tools we have available, and now we have a powerful new tool—vaccines. As of April 19th all New Jersey residents are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Research has shown that some people will trust employers, even more than their governments and religious leaders, to deliver safe and accurate information regarding vaccines.

NJ Department of Health has created posters, tips and opportunities for employers to get more NJ workers vaccinated. NJFPA will be sharing vaccine information on our website and members are encouraged to share these resources with their workforce and the community:

Questions: call the hotline toll free at 855-568-0545 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Callers can ask questions ranging from vaccine eligibility, assistance with registering on the New Jersey Vaccine Scheduling System (NJVSS), identifying local vaccination sites, and more!

Episode 2 of the Food Forum Podcast with Roma McCaig

Roma McCaig talks ESG with the NJFPA Food Forum

Bill Mandia, Partner at Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP, speaks with Roma McCaig, VP of Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Campbell Soup Company and keynote speaker for NJFPA’s 2021 Annual Conference, about ESG: environmental, social and governance strategy and why it is important to every business large and small. 

And a special note...Roma was just named to GreenBiz’s “25 badass women leading corporate climate action list” for 2021!

Listen to Hear: 

Read More

Conference Training: CFR 117 subpart B

Rutgers Food Innovation Center Presents NEW Training at the 2021 NJFPA Conference
First time offered to the public!

Thursday, April 22nd (9:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
A Deep Dive discussion into the NEW FDA Regulations - CFR 117 subpart B offering Regulatory Views vs. Food Processing Concerns including changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presented by Rutgers Food Innovation Center 

CFR 117 (B) was just the first of many new food-related regulations that the FDA has released as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and covers the basic requirements of the Good Manufacturing Practices, Adverse Health, personal hygiene and Allergen handling requirements for food handlers working in a food processing-type environment. Participants will learn how to better comply with FDA rules, while also earning a Rutgers Certificate of Training needed to show compliance with some of the new FDA training documentation requirements.


Read More

Contaminant Protection for Food Processing Operations: Member Experts

Contaminant Protection - Roofing

The most valuable benefit of any professional organization is the knowledge of its members. Today we hear from Dave Mohr of Seaman Corporation. Want to share your member expertise? Send your tips and advice to [email protected]

As a food processor, one of the most important choices you can make is what roofing system you trust to protect your processing plants. Roofing systems are the first line of defense against food contamination and equipment damage, two impacts with potentially devastating consequences. While businesses in many industries can afford minimal roof leaks for periods of time, the same is not true for companies that process food products.

For critical food processing facilities, any leak (no matter how minuscule) occurring over even the shortest period of time is unacceptable. Any amount of food contamination caused by a leaking roof can be costly to your business’s reputation and, most importantly the health and safety of your customers. Potential impacts of a leaking roof could cause the complete shutdown of your plant resulting in:

  • Extensive facility downtime
  • Foodborne disease outbreaks and subsequent lawsuits
  • Expensive damage to your facility
  • A significant loss of revenue
In food processing facilities, high foot traffic and maintenance on the roof is common. The preferred choice for roofing over a food processing facility is to choose a membrane with a heavy based fabric and knit design, one that provides superior puncture and tear resistance, and one that will last and protect your facility for years past any warranty date.

Roofing on food processing facilities must also be able to withstand exposure to grease, oils, and other toxic chemicals. As buildup of grease and oil increases it poses a risk to contamination and sanitation within the facility.  From the food processor’s standpoint it is important to invest in a roof that is easy to maintain, is durable and provides worry-free protection year after year.

If you are interested in a free no obligation roof evaluation, please contact Dave Mohr at [email protected] or 609-468-4208.

NJEDA Expands PPE Access Program

NJEDA Expands Discounts, Extends Deadline for PPE Access Program

Businesses and organizations with 100 or fewer employees can apply for nearly 70 percent discounts on PPE purchases

TRENTON, N.J. (November 23, 2020) – The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) today announced that it will increase the discounts available on purchases of personal protective equipment made through the NJ Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program to nearly 70 percent, effective Tuesday, November 24, 2020. The Authority will also double the per-business cap on discount vouchers. These discounts will be available to New Jersey businesses and nonprofits with 100 or fewer employees until December 10, 2020. Businesses that have already made purchases through the program will be able to receive vouchers for additional purchases up to the new program caps, but the 65 percent discount will only apply to purchases made on or after November 24, 2020. 

Read More

FSVP Online Training

Foreign Supplier Verification Program Training - Online
Association of Food Industries

Today’s travel restrictions have created a limited-time opportunity for industry members to take the Foreign Supplier Verification Program course – fully online. Take note that even with travel restrictions in place, FDA is continuing FSVP inspections and is issuing warning letters for non-compliance. AFI is offering 2 upcoming corses. 

Register now for two upcoming course dates.

  • November 18-19, 2020 - 9:00 AM • 5:00 PM EST
  • December 16-17, 2020 - 9:00 AM • 5:00 PM EST

News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

News from the FIC: COVID-19 Impacts FSMA Rule

Intentional adulteration…when a food product is intentionally contaminated by a person or group of people, either internal or external to a food business, has become even a greater concern as food processors battle through the challenges and ramifications of COVID-19. The most common cause of intentional adulteration within the food supply chain has been disgruntled employees seeking revenge on their employer or co-workers. On July 26, 2019, the FSMA final rule for intentional adulteration came into force: Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. 

Read more from the Rutgers Food Innovation Center

Fall 2020 Industry Resources

Regular readers of the NJFPA newsletter will already be aware of these industry events and programs but we wanted to broaden our reach! 

For more details on each of these and other ongoing programs be sure to visit Ongoing Industry Events & Programs

Read More