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Food Safety Systems Q4 2018 Newsletter

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Where in the World in Eurofins Food Safety Systems?

Eurofins Food Safety Systems is headquartered in Des Moines, IA, but we can be found all over the place at a variety of events, in-person or online. Check out our upcoming appearances and join us!

CBD & Dietary Supplements Symposium -- In partnership with UNPA
October 4 in Lafayette, CO

2018 SQF International Conference
October 23-25 in Atlanta, GA 


How to Promote Better Food Safety with Proper Maintenance Practices -- With Eurofins' Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Doug Marshall and  Rudi Groppe, President of Heinzen Manufacturing
October 16 @ 11 am CDT

ISO 22000 Need to Know Changes -- With Eurofins' Chief Scientific Officer, Dr. Doug Marshall
November 6 @ 10 am CDT


To view or register for upcoming training events visit us here: View the schedule here


FSS News

NEW from Eurofins Training and Consulting!

Eurofins Training and Consulting has announced their new membership program. The Membership Program is tailored to provide a flexible consulting option on demand. Several Membership levels are available with varying amount of units to ensure you and your company needs are met when you require them.

Find out more...


Get to Know The Food Safety Team

Because we don’t all get to know you personally, we want to open ourselves up and let you get to know the Eurofins Food Safety Team! We are proud of the group we have assembled, and it continues growing. Each quarter we will feature a brief interview with a different team member and give you a better taste of who we are, in and out of the office.

Deborah OlsenDeborah Olesen, Operations Manager, Food Safety Systems

What is your background (briefly)?  

28 years in food manufacturing (spices, seasonings and most recently coffee), PCQI, SQF Practitioner, HACCP    

Why did you choose Eurofins?   

I chose Eurofins partially due to the past positive interactions I had as a customer on the food testing side. I’ve always had a quick and supportive, informational response whether it be sales, testing or receivables. Eurofins is known for its responsiveness and accuracy.

What is one of your passions outside of work? 

One passion I have outside of work is volunteering with teens in the Des Moines area via a bicycle. We are able to support them through many challenges one pedal stroke at a time.

If you had to eat one thing for every meal going forward, what would you eat? 

Not healthy, but chocolate!

Where is your happy place? 

My happiest place would be at home with my husband, children, and grandkids. Otherwise, Denmark would be a very close second!

What are you most excited about tackling in your new role as Operations Manager? 

I’m most excited about working with the FSS team to support and align our auditing and scheduling to continue optimum support to our clients.


Industry Partner Contribution

Jesse Kauffman, Director of Quality Assurance and Continuous Improvement - Airlite Plastics

Lean Tool: Personal Kanban


Have you ever been involved in lean manufacturing?  Maybe your company has been utilizing lean for a long time, or maybe it was attempted in the past only to fall out of favor after a few years. If you have ever tried to learn more about it, I am sure you found that there is no shortage of information out there.  Books, blogs, videos… you could spend years consuming this information and never get through it all!

A good way to introduce yourself to lean is to try a tool. A tool that I have recently tried and have really found to be useful is the Personal Kanban. Again, if you search for this, you can find all sorts of information. Here is a video that I found helpful as an introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG6IDTHJ-bg  The concept is simple. We are constantly bombarded with different problems to try to resolve, and often times we work on so many things at once that we either don’t get much done, or we lose track of it all.

Think of one of those big sheets of paper you can stick on your wall, and divide it into three sections: To-Do, Doing, and Done. The To-Do section can be as big as it needs to be, but the Doing section should be limited to what you can successfully handle; experts recommend keeping this to around 3 items. Once you resolve a problem, move it to the Done section, and only then can you put a new item in the Doing section.

It sounds very simple, but I have found it very helpful for visualizing and prioritizing my workload. The main idea is to be continually improving - whether you find favor with lean principles or not, I think we can all find favor with this.


Industry News

BRC Global Standards and Allergen Control Group

On April 3rd, 2018, BRC Global Standards announced it's acquisition of Allergen Control Group, Inc.. BRC Global Standards is a leading brand and consumer protection organization used by over 27,000 suppliers in over 130 countries. Allergen Control Group, Inc. owns and manages the Gluten Free Certification Program. Together, these two organizations can provide incremental customer value and growth of the schemes. Read the press release.

Eurofins is an accredited certification body for both BRC Global Standards and Gluten Free Certification Programs. Let us know how we can assist you and learn more about our certification offerings here.

SQF Select Site Program

Did you know? SQFI has rolled out a new program called the SQFI Select Site.

Sites may continue their annual announced recertification audit schedule or, new under SQF Edition 8, may choose to participate in an annual unannounced audit which, upon successful completion, will designate the facility a SQFI Select Site.  Below is the explanation and definition you’ll find in the SQF Edition 8 code.

For full details, read more here: https://www.sqfi.com/2017/08/18/audit-ready-all-the-time-what-it-means-to-become-an-sqf-select-site/

Why not be the first in your industry to become recognized as an SQF Select Site?


Healthy Business

The Best and Worst Advice from Bosses


Ask any multi-billionaire whose words are all over the internet, and they’ll tell you what the best (or worst) career advice they ever received from a boss or leader is.  But we wanted to know what our colleagues and co-workers had to say on the topic. We asked Eurofins employees from several divisions to share their thoughts on the matter, and we love the responses!  They have been kept anonymous in the interest of privacy. Enjoy, and we hope you find some nuggets of wisdom for yourself.

The Best Advice We’ve Received:

  • Everyone has questions. Be the person with the answers.
  • Don’t let situations hold you back, always push forward.
  • People don’t leave jobs, they leave bosses.
  • Be Kind.
  • Always be honest.  Mistakes happen, own up to them and be genuine.
  • Praise publicly, criticize privately.
  • Think of 3 ideas of everyday. They don’t have to be anything crazy or particularly original, but over the course of a year and sticking to that, image how many points of inspiration you will have.
  • Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy.

In the “Worst” Category:

  • When there is a difficult situation, avoid it.
  • Don’t take such big bites. It’s not ladylike.
  • As long as it is close, it’s ok.

And A BONUS “Funniest” Advice:

Don’t work too hard, I will expect it all the time!


Healthy Living

Ten Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are almost upon us. From the first “snack size” candy at Halloween, until the last piece of fruitcake is gone, and every day in between, how can you avoid having to make “lose weight” your New Year’s Resolution?

We went to the experts at WebMD for some advice. Here are their top 10 suggestions. For the full article, read here: 


1. Never Arrive Hungry

New York psychologist Carol Goldberg, PhD, says planning ahead can help you maintain discipline in the face of temptation. "Don't go to a party when you're starving," she warns. Try to have a nutritious snack beforehand. If you do arrive hungry, drink some water to fill up before filling your plate.


2. Divert Your Attention

Many people forget that there's more to a holiday party than food, Goldberg tells WebMD. "Don't look at the party as just a food event," she says. "Enjoy your friends' company or dancing. Focus on something other than food."

Finn agrees. She says chatting is a great diversion, whether you're at a small family dinner or a large party. "Take your mind off of food and focus on the conversation."

3. Pace Yourself

Have you ever tried telling yourself you'll only eat during the first half hour of a party? Goldberg says this strategy is a mistake. "If you cram in as much as you can in half an hour, you chew faster. Chewing more slowly will fill you up with less food."

To munch at a leisurely pace, Finn recommends putting your fork down between every bite. "This puts you in control."

4. Count Your Canapés

When there are canapés, it's easy to lose count of how many you eat. Keep track by stashing a toothpick in your pocket for each one. Set a limit and stick to it.

5. Outsmart the Buffet

When dinner is served buffet-style, use the smallest plate available and don't stack your food; limit your helpings to a single story. "Go for the simplest foods on the buffet," Finn says. "Fresh fruits and vegetables and shrimp cocktail are good choices. Watch out for sauces and dips."

6. Limit Alcohol

Avoid drinking too much alcohol at holiday parties. "It's not just about calories but about control," Finn explains. "If you drink a lot you, won't have as much control over what you eat."

If you feel out of place without a drink, Goldberg suggests sipping water or club soda, "so you have something to carry like everyone else."

7. Be Choosy About Sweets

When it comes to dessert, be very selective. "Limit your indulgences to small portions and only what is very sensual to you," Goldberg says. Her personal rule on sweets: "If it's going to have calories, it has to be chocolate."

What about sampling several desserts, if you only take a tiny bite of each one? "You have to know yourself," Goldberg says. "Some people can eat one bite of something and stop. I don't think most people can do that. "If you know you're the type who can't stop at one bite, you're better off taking a small portion of a single dessert than piling your plate with several treats you plan to "try."

8. Bring Your Own Treats

Whether you're going to a friend's party or an office potluck, consider bringing a low-calorie treat that you know you'll enjoy. Bringing your own dessert will make the more fattening alternatives less tempting.

And don't feel your dessert has to be typical holiday fare. "Get away from rigid thinking about what holiday food has to be," Goldberg says. "People love fruit."

9. Limit 'Tastes' While Cooking

If you do a lot of cooking during the holidays, crack down on all those "tastes." "People lose their appetites when they've been cooking because they've been eating the whole time," Finn tells WebMD. Instead of tasting mindlessly every few minutes, limit yourself to two small bites of each item pre- and post-seasoning. "Just put the spoon in and taste a little bit," Finn says. "It's not grounds for a big scoop."

For tried-and-true recipes, dare yourself not to taste the dish at all until it is served.

10. Walk It Off

Make a new holiday tradition: the family walk. Besides burning some extra calories, this will get everyone away from the food for awhile.

"Get people off the couch and move," Finn says. "Go out for a walk as a family before or after the meal." She says walking not only benefits you physically but also puts you in a mindset to be more careful about what you eat. "There's something about activity that puts you in control."

WebMD Feature Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD