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 27, 2021 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Cross Contamination: Sources & Control of Cross Contamination within Food Production Environments


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

Non-member registration form

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 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)



Cross contamination is the process of microorganism (and to a lesser extent chemical, physical, or allergenic) transference from one object to another resulting in a harmful effect. This transference can happen at any stage of food production, and can cause foodborne illness and other serious effects.

Therefore, the identification of possible sources of cross contamination and their elimination or mitigation is a vital part of any facilities food safety plan. This presentation will cover how raw ingredients, equipment, and personnel can all be used to positively impact cross contamination.



DeLaval Cleaning Solutions

Jason Seymour:
Jason Seymour is a microbiologist for Milk Quality and Animal Health side of DeLaval Manufacturing. He has been working for the company for five years, and during that time he has had a wide range of dealings with the microbial challenges of the food and dairy industries.

Dr. Fohona Coulibaly:
Dr. Fohona Coulibaly holds a Ph.D. in pharmaceutical sciences and chemistry and currently serves as a senior chemist at DeLaval.  Dr. Coulibaly is the lead chemist in charge of developing cleaning and sanitation products for DeLaval Cleaning Solutions and Tetra Pak. He is passionate about the food industry and is a huge Arsenal Football Club fan.

Melanie Marcelletti:
Melanie Marcelletti, Account Executive at DeLaval Inc, holds a degree in environmental science with an emphasis in water resources. At DeLaval she specializes in problem solving from a chemistry standpoint and training of personnel to better understand the processes that they’re involved in.


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.


The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Research Chefs Association (RCA) have confirmed that continuing education credits are available for numerous RFA technical functions. Depending on the specific educational criteria of these two organizations, credits will be accepted for attendance at 1) RFA Webinars, 2) the RFA Fall Symposium and 3) the RFA Annual Conference.

Contact the RFA office for more information or for proof of participation.


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:

  • Just send an email to [email protected] to register. There is no cost for members.  Nonmembers: checks must be made payable to the Refrigerated Foods Association. Payment should be received no later than January 25, 2021.

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.

If you have questions about the RFA Technical Webcasts, please e-mail the RFA office at [email protected].