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After more spending than 46 years as an environmental microbiologist and food safety advocate, I have come to the sad realization that many practitioners associated with the food industry have not adopted the basic tenets of a food safety strategy: Prevention, Intervention, Protection, and Education. We talk a lot about the “Farm to Fork” strategy and “Food Safety Culture”, but yet despite the best efforts of regulatory agencies globally to promote food safety regulations, contaminated food continues to enter the marketplace and cause foodborne incidents, outbreaks and epidemics. Food recalls are issued almost daily. Every foodborne incident and every food recall represents a failure of our food safety strategy. We should not be satisfied in our ability find the cause of an incident or outbreak or the source contamination, after the fact!
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Michael has a post-graduate degree from the University of Toronto, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. eHe has been an Environmental Microbiologist for more than 46 years, as a research scientist and Laboratory Director in both the public and private sectors. He currently operates as the President of Brodsky Consultants. He is a Past President of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), the Ontario Food Protection Association (OFPA) and AOAC International. He serves as Chair for the AOAC Expert Review Committee for Microbiology, as a scientific reviewer in Microbiology for the AOAC OMA and the AOAC Research Institute, as a reviewer for Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and as a chapter editor on QA for the Compendium of Methods in Microbiology. He is also a technical assessor in microbiology for the Standard Council of Canada and Certified by Exemplar Global as a lead auditor/assessor for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA).