John M Ryan
President , Ryan Systems
Dr. John Ryan holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods. He has spent over 25 years implementing high technology quality control systems for international corporations in Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Mexico and the United States. He was a graduate quality and operations management lecturer at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California and has recently retired from his position as the administrator for the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture's Quality Assurance Division where he won awards for his visionary and pioneering work in traceability technology.

He is now the president of Ryan Systems with websites at and the His companies provide FSMA training in food safety and quality and certify food transporters to sanitation and temperature control standards. His latest book available from Elsevier Press is entitled "Guide to Food Safety during Transportation: Controls, Standards and Practices".
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FDA Recalls and Traceability Requirements - 2018 Trends and Common Issues
With the passage of the FSMA, the documentation review authority of the FDA has increased and enforcement has begun to expand. Not only does the FDA have the authority to mandate product recalls, the records and information they may request to see has also increased. Additional funding is expected to allow even greater sampling and inspection of products and facilities in 2018. The leading causes of Class I recalls are allergen mislabeling, microbiological and foreign material contamination.
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Building Your Company FDA FSMA Preventive Control and Food Defense Plans
All food facilities registered with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must comply with the requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to develop and implement a Preventive Control Food Safety Plan that includes a Food Defense Plan. The plan must also include a hazard analysis, allergen analysis, factory profile, recall plan, supply chain controls, process preventive controls, sanitation preventive controls and other items. The plan must be reviewed and approved by a preventive controls qualified individual (PCQI) and it must be validated.
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Cycle Time Analysis (CTA): Achieving Drastic Reductions in Throughput Times and Inventory Costs Using Cycle Time Analysis
Companies need to add a critical measure of success to their operational analysis package. They need to understand and calculate inventory turns and to use that data to drive rapid throughput from receiving to shipping. Stacks of inventory at any stage in the process represent large financial losses.
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Sanitary Food Packaging Concepts
This presentation will provide insight into safe and sanitary food safety packaging concepts designed to help companies review and upgrade their handling and use of packaging materials. The legal and operational basis for sanitary food packaging, prevention of cross contamination, facility, HACCP, and personnel requirements will be explored from the farm through transportation and distribution, into processing and retail.
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