Environmental Monitoring & How it Relates to FSMA

The importance of a sound environmental monitoring program cannot be overstated. It’s a required verification program for GFSI programs such as BRC, SQF, and IFS; it’s a fundamental part of your HACCP plan’s prerequisite programs; and in addition the final FSMA rules to be released by the FDA this year are expected to include new requirements pertaining to these programs. This course is intended to be part of an effective employee training program which keeps employees up to date on the latest techniques and helps ensure your company meets these evolving regulatory and customer requirements.

Students will learn how to identify common sampling deficiencies and how to use a variety of tools to develop an effective monitoring program. The course covers a wide array of relevant topics, including:

  • The latest FSMA regulations pertaining to environmental monitoring
  • Objectives of environmental monitoring
  • How to choose appropriate sample methods
  • Aseptic sampling techniques
  • How to protect the integrity of collected samples
  • How to interpret data for possible contamination trends.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 1 Hour

Difficulty: Beginner



Course Instructor

Tom Jones Tom Jones Instructor

Thomas Jones is the Senior Director of Analytical Services at Safe Food Alliance. Mr. Jones has conducted research into the survival of pathogenic bacteria in dried foods and the effects of commodity fumigation on toxigenic molds. He has also lectured in many training seminars for the food industry on a variety of topics, including microbiology, sanitation, GMPs, HACCP and product recalls. Mr. Jones is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists, AOAC International, the American Society for Microbiology and the International Association for Food Protection.

Pay Per Course

60 days of access