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RFA Technical Webcasts


The RFA hosts quarterly Technical Webcasts on timely food safety and regulatory topics affecting
the prepared foods industry. The Webcasts are live, interactive events that you can join from your office!

See below for details on the latest Technical Webcast.

RFA Members can access slide presentations from past Technical Webcasts at anytime in the Member Center.

January 10, 2018 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Validated Wash Water Procedures


REGISTER HERE for this live, interactive Webcast that you can join from your office!

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time 

      (1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Central, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Mountain, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific)



Food processors must define validated procedures to control cross-contamination risks in their facilities, but there are no firm rules to support these efforts when it comes to the use of antimicrobials in produce wash water. During this webcast, Dr. Walsh will cover the highlights of a paper which he co-authored and which was recently published in the Journal of Food Protection, Guidelines to Validate Control of Cross-Contamination during Washing of Fresh-Cut Leafy Vegetables. This will include a discussion of validation and verification principles covered in the paper, as well as applying these principles to other fruits and vegetables, empowering attendees to write or improve their own validated procedures. He will also cover key differences between the types of antimicrobials used in produce wash water today.  Don't miss out on this important webcast! 



Rich Walsh, Ph.D., Staff Scientist, Ecolab

Dr. “Rich” Walsh has over eight years’ experience backing the food processing industry, routinely providing field support by consultation, on-site auditing and best practice application, report writing, and seminars on cleaning and sanitation as it relates to food safety in food production.  Dr. Walsh routinely serves as an Ecolab representative at industry association meetings focused on best practice policies for food safety, and with members of industry, academia, and government agencies, served on a focus group tasked with providing validation guidelines for FSMA compliance for the produce industry, authoring a section on the use of antimicrobials and validation considerations in a peer-reviewed article.

How does the webcast work?

It's easy and convenient!  A virtual seminar is one that you can "attend" and participate in right from your offices. There is no travel time, and now provided at NO COST to RFA members!

The RFA Technical Webcast will include live audio along with a slide presentation on the Web. You just need a phone connection for the audio and an Internet connection.  


In addition, the webcast will allow you to comment and ask questions at specified times during the event using your phone.

You can invite staff members to listen and participate too!  To get the most out of a webcast, it is recommended that you have no more than five people at any one computer connection. If you have multiple locations, please register each location separately.

Registration Information:

The cost for this event is as follows:

  • RFA Members: NO CHARGE - Now Included as a Member Benefit!

  • Non-Members: $310 per computer/audio connection

To attend the meeting, you can either:

  • Download and complete a Registration form and send it in to the RFA office by fax or mail with your payment (if applicable). Checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Forms should be received no later than January 8, 2018.

Once you have registered for the meeting, you will receive an email message inviting you to attend the web conference with instructions on how to attend. This message will provide the information that you need to join the meeting.

Please note: You must have JAVA enabled on your computer to participate in the web conference.

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at meg@refrigeratedfoods.org.


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