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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 16, 2019 RFA Technical Webcast:


“Purchasing New 'Hygienic' Equipment and Managing Existing Ones


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

Date and Time:

     * Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 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)



Hygienic design of process equipment is critical to consistently achieving excellent cleaning and micro results. There is a lot of information available about what good hygienic design encompasses for new equipment and plants. We will review some of the requirements for new equipment you may be considering purchasing. However, we all are living with equipment that is not designed to these ideal standards. We will focus on mitigation strategies of how to properly clean and sanitize sub optimally designed equipment to remove and/or destroy biofilms from potential harborage areas. We will discuss the extra costs associated with these strategies and how you potentially can justify hygienic design improvements to part or all of a piece of equipment.


Rick Katz, Commercial Food Sanitation

Rick brings over 35 years of food manufacturing leadership in plant and corporate settings to the Commercial Food Sanitation team. His extensive experience has been focused in food safety and quality management systems working within a full spectrum of dairy production facilities as well as confections and prepared food segments.

Key areas of emphasis have included environmental monitoring and remediation efforts, hygienic design, sanitation programs and quality/food safety management (SQF/FSMA) system development, auditing, execution and training. Over the course of his career with Schreiber Foods, Land O’Lakes, Dorman Cheese, UDSA and the Wrigley companies, Rick has worked on multiple plant start-ups, renovations, acquisition and commercialization projects necessitating customer, multi- functional, and international interface. He is passionate about working with customers and plants to assess challenges and then develop lasting solutions or improvements regarding food safety and quality. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dairy Manufacturing from the University of Vermont and a Masters in Food Science from the Ohio State University. He is a certified Quality Auditor (CQA), Engineer (CQE), Manager (CQM), Green Belt and a PCQI Lead Instructor. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for industry food safety training sessions and was recently recognized for these contributions by the Innovation Center for the US Dairy industry.

Brad Klemme, Commercial Food Sanitation

As a Senior Food Safety Specialist, Brad brings 25 years of food manufacturing leadership in both manufacturing plants and corporate positions. His extensive experience has been in Quality Management/Food Safety as well as Operations Management. Brad specializes in the dairy industry but also has experience with pasta and bakery manufacturing. Key achieve- ments throughout his career include leading continuous improvement efforts related to plants’ pathogen and environmental monitoring programs, and leading implementation efforts related to the development of Quality Control Plans. Brad also utilized his expertise related to both equipment and infrastructure sanitary design to assist with several successful product commercialization start-ups as well as Greenfield plant start-ups.

Over the course of his career Brad has worked across a wide range of products and manufacturing processes at Barilla and Kraft Foods. Brad holds a Bachelor of Science in Dairy Manufacturing from South Dakota State University with a minor in Economics. He also attained Green Belt Certification in Lean/Six Sigma, and has recently received his Certfied Quality Engineer certification.

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 cofirmed 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:

  • 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 14, 2019.

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 [email protected].