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I can answer food safety questions relative to food processing, retail food and food salvage after a catastrophic event such as a hurricane, flood, ammonia leak or fire. Questions related to HACCP, Regulatory, GFSI, SQF, BRC, liability issues, contamination events, pest infestation, pest control methodology,food safety defense, pathogen prevention such as L. Monocytogenes control in food processing and retail, any subject related to food safety including at home issues.

Experience in the area

30 years experience as a food safety consultant working for the top food processors, food retailers and insurance companies that write liability policies related to food processing, storage and distribution. My firm employees 6 full time food safety auditors. I work for top law firms throughout the USA and am a staff consultant for Douglas Peterson and Associates, one of the top forensic engineering firms in the world. I also work with Risk Solutions International, a global leader in risk management.

Organizations

New York State Association for Food Protection, past president, executive board Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Officials

Publications

Progressive Grocer Magazine Smart Money Magazine Private Label Buyer Magazine Supermarket News Natural Foods Merchandiser Magazine Food Service Director Magazine NYS Association for Food Protection Annual Report NYS Association for Food Protection Newsletter

Education/Credentials

Syracuse University, Microbiology/Biology NYS College of Environmental Sciences, Plant and Environmental Biology Cornell University, Food and Dairy Processing

Awards and Honors

Wm. Hickey Award (2006), NYS Association for Food Protection, for contributions in the field of food safety and sanitation New York State Integrated Pest Management Award (2007), NYS Assoc. for Food Protection, for contributions in the filed of integrated pest management.

Past/Present Clients

Pillsbury, Agri-Mark, Associated Grocers, Beatrice Foods, Cargill, Southern Cold Storage, Quaker, Ben & Jerry’s, Delverde Pasta (Italy), New York Bakery, Cabot Cheese, Hazelwood Farms, General Mills, Price Chopper Supermarkets, P&C Supermarkets, Great American Supermarkets, Tops Markets, Big M Supermarkets, Big Bear Supermarkets, Frito-Lay Distribution Centers, IBP, Excell, Eckerd Drugs, Rite Aid Drug Stores, Fay’s Drugs, Carl’s Drugs, AWI Wholesale Food Distribution, McLane Food Distributors, Golub Food Distribution, many supermarket chains (many include large scale specialty food service operations), Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Darden Foods (Red Lobster, Olive Garden), LSG Skychefs (Germany, US), Glen Mills Schools, Cornell University, Crider Poultry, Caesar’s Palace, The Oneida Indian Nation, Taylor Meat Packing, UCB Packaging Films

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Recent Answers from Carl LaFrate

2017-03-10 Consumer Safety-Postal Irradiation Practicess:

I wouldn't be concerned at all about this. There is no documented risk associated with postal irradiation practices and frankly I doubt it is even done routinely. Probably done possibly if something is

2017-03-07 liability:

The food processing company will likely be held responsible for the salmonella contamination but the restaurant will also likely be named in the lawsuit. The insurance company you have will file a claim

2017-03-06 Slimy ham:

The slimy condition you see is an indication the cooked ham was either left out of refrigeration at some point or it was held under refrigeration for too long. It is a quality, not a food safety issue

2016-12-24 Precooked meat package:

Sorry this took so long to answer. I have been away and I forgot to inactivate my account while I was gone. Your product should be safe to eat as long as you kept it refrigerated. The swelling could be

2016-12-09 food poisioning:

I don't think this is food poisoning because the onset of your symptoms was so quick. It could be an allergic reaction to something in the food. There is a slight risk it was mold on the mushrooms so i

 

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