TOPEKA, Kan. — Schendel Pest Services has joined forces with the American Institute of Baking International (AIB) to host a seminar for the employees of third-party inspected food production facilities on Thursday, November 12 at the Phoenix Doubletree Guest Suites in Phoenix, AZ. The goal of the seminar is to educate employees and their managers about critical changes in third-party inspection regulations and safety programs, namely those of AIB. Al St. Cyr, Head of Food Safety Education for AIB, will conduct the day-long seminar.
AIB regularly conducts food safety audits of companies that manufacture, process and package food products. Because the efficacy of these facilities’ pest control programs is a key element of an audit, Schendel hosts seminars annually to educate inspected facilities’ employees. Attendees do not have to be customers of Schendel to attend, and the seminar is being provided by Schendel and AIB free of charge.
Al St. Cyr, Head of Food Safety Education for AIB, will conduct the training. According to St. Cyr, “There are so many changes in the regulatory pipeline, and preparing a plan to meet these expectations is critical. This seminar addresses many of the vital issues concerning the changing regulatory environment and the steps food plants should consider. Understanding the regulations and how to monitor a food plant are the first steps to building a solid platform to make sure companies are in compliance.”
Agenda items for the November 12 meeting include:
• Global Food Safety Initiatives
• Updates and Changes to the AIB Consolidated Standards
• Handling a Regulatory Inspection
• Elements of a Food Plant Inspection/Audit
• The Prerequisites for Effective Pest Control
• Monitoring for Pest Activity
“Schendel is proud of the role we play in protecting the safety of our food supply,” said Brent Boles, Schendel president. “Seminars such as this allow us to help our customers and others in the food processing industry learn how to make their AIB program more successful, which ultimately makes their company more successful. We are excited to share the expertise of Al St. Cyr with our colleagues in the food processing industry.”
To request an invitation to the free AIB/Schendel Pest seminar, please contact Julie Johnson at 1-785-233-3332 Ext. 114 or email her at Julie@pestzero.com.