MarketReady MasterCourse: Quality Assurance & Food Safety Webinar

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 - 2:30pm


Would you like to have your questions about food safety and quality assurance answered by industry professionals? 

MarketReady is excited to announce another MasterCourse Webinar on Quality Assurance & Food Safety, Tuesday November 22nd from 2:30pm – 3:30pmEST.  We have developed a 1 hour master course webinar on Food Safety & Quality Assurance with perspectives from various local and regional industry professionals from within the field of food sciences.  The webinar will uncover some of the industry trends regarding food safety as well as how producers maintain quality products for purchasers.  Participants will be encouraged to interact with guest speakers via questions or experiences.  Our hope is that participants will be able to use this information to make practical business decisions in addition to having a better understanding of the technical support available to them.  For additional information please contact Alex Butler at (859)218-4383 or


Guest Speakers Include:

Dr. Paul Vijayakumar - University of Kentucky: Assistant Professor, Department of Animal and Food Science

Paul acts as the Food Systems Innovation Center (FSIC) Process Authority, specializing in acidified and low acid thermal processing.  He also works with food processors and producers to understand aspects of Food Safety, primarily the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  He recently developed training and educational programs for FSMA and Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).  

Dr. Annette Wszelaki - University of Tennessee: Commercial Vegetable Extension Specialist & Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences

Annette is the UT Vegetable Extension Specialist and has statewide responsibilities for developing a comprehensive educational program in commercial vegetable production. The main focuses of her extension program include production and variety recommendations, diversifying production, developing alternative crops, organic and sustainable production, crop sensory and nutrition evaluations, and postharvest handling.

Dr. Betsy Bihn - Cornell University: Senior Extension Associate, Department of Food Science

Betsy is currently the director of the Produce Safety Alliance and program coordinator for the National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program. The main focus of her work is to reduce microbial risks to fresh fruits and vegetables through research and extension programs developed for and in collaboration with growers, farm workers, produce industry personnel, students, teachers, and consumers. Betsy received her B.S. from Ohio State University in zoology, M.S. from the University of Florida in horticulture, and Ph.D. from Cornell University in food science.


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