Linde LLC hosted its first Food Safety Summit at Notre Dame University in June, to educate independent gas distributors on industry best practices and new government requirements.

60 representatives from approximately 30 companies attended the event to listen to industry consultants, major distributors, suppliers and leaders from industry associations.

Bob VanKirk, Head of Linde US Distributor Channel, Packaged Gases and Caribbean businesses, said, “This is an important time for the industry, and it takes vigilance and action to be a responsible supplier of food and beverage gases today.” He continued, “Our distributors recognise that food safety is not just a goal, but a process.”

Under recent changes to the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) the quality of food contact gases such as nitrogen (N2) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are managed as food ingredients not just during food and beverage processing, but through the entire supply and distribution chain.

 “It was insightful and very informative on the regulations and logic behind them affecting food gas products.”

Richard Lofgren, President of United States Welding, Inc.

Food safety expert Bob Yeoman of B&R Compliance Associates LLC delivered an overview of FSMA and detailed updated procedures for safety and prevention. Known as ‘Hazard Analysis and risk-Based Preventative Control’ (HARPC), the new procedures went into effect in 2016 and are now mandated by FSMA.

Scanlan, who organised the event, said, “Seminars such as this demonstrate our commitment to US gas distributors beyond providing gases and related services.”

Richard Lofgren, President of United States Welding, Inc., said, “The Linde seminar was invaluable in helping our company’s efforts to meet and exceed the needs and requirements of customers in this market space.”

He continued, “It was insightful and very informative on the regulations and logic behind them affecting food gas products. The participation of major beverage and food companies providing their perspective was also very helpful. This programme is a great example of Linde’s importance in our efforts to provide the highest quality products to the food and beverage industry.”

Source: Linde