The focus of this webinar will be on the who, what, when, where, why and how of analytical microbiological services for the food industry. There are many issues beyond simply cost of testing to consider when trying deciding if analytical support services should be retained in-house or sub-contracted out. Accreditation Status and FSMA requirements, Scope of Accreditation, Availability of technical skills, Technology, Communication and facility suitability are all elements that will influence the final decision. Each corporate entity should evaluate its own needs based on these considerations before committing to “in-house” or “out-house” laboratory services. But do not assume that “in-house or out-house” are mutually exclusive.
Michael Brodsky has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 47 years. He is a Past President of the Ontario Food Protection Association, the International Association for Food Protection and AOAC International. He serves as co-Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC Official Methods of Analysis and the AOAC Research Institute. He is a reviewer for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and a chapter co-editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology. He is also a lead auditor/assessor in microbiology for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation.