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 Registration Opens for 3-A SSI 2011 Education Program and Annual Meeting  

 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announces registration for the 2011 Education Program and Annual Meeting on May 16-20, 2011 at the Wyndham Milwaukee Airport Hotel & Convention Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

A full-day education program, 3-A: The Complete Sanitary Approach, will be held on Tuesday, May 17. 

The program will explore the ‘core’ elements of 3-A Sanitary Standards and sanitary design of equipment and look at the many other complex factors and challenges beyond ‘3-A’ that can potentially impact the equipment, systems, facility and the goal of food safety.  The new reality of food safety requires a firm understanding of ‘3-A’ and all of the potential threats to sanitary design.  Topics and speakers for the program include:

• 3-A: The Complete Approach to Sanitary Design - Joe Stout, Commercial Food Sanitation LLC will explain ‘The Complete Approach to Sanitary Design’ in this new era of food safety and the role of ‘3-A’?  What are the key elements in creating and maintaining a total company culture with a commitment to sanitary design?

• The Facility and Installation Requirements - Dennis Glick, USDA Dairy Grading Branch, will highlight the critical elements in facility installation requirements.   Poor installation can defeat sanitary design and the integrity of ‘3-A’.  Correct installation can protect and enhance good design.

• Keeping it ‘3A’: Maintenance and Training - A training specialist will illustrate some of the problems and solutions for processors when it comes to maintenance and training.  What must processors do to create and maintain a culture of ‘3-A’ conformance throughout the plant and the company?

• ‘3-A’ Oversight: From the Inside and the Outside – This program segment will address several important aspects of the 3-A Symbol licensing program and how it operates to effectively promote ongoing conformance to 3-A sanitary design criteria for equipment.  Topics in this segment will include:

The 3-A Symbol and Oversight – 3-A SSI presenters will explain the 3-A Symbol licensing program, oversight of the commercial use, and the Report of Alleged Nonconformance.

Third Party Verification: What Have We Learned? – Two independent equipment inspection professionals, Certified Conformance Evaluators, will offer perspectives and insights on the Third Party Verification (TPV) inspection program, which is tied to licensing of the 3-A Symbol.  Drawing from years of experience evaluating equipment at fabricator sites around the world, what is the view of CCEs on how 3-A Sanitary Standards deliver as criteria for modern equipment manufacturing?  What are the key manufacturing challenges for QA in sanitary design?

Regulatory Sanitarian Perspectives - Regulatory sanitarians will share perspectives on the inspection of processing equipment and the role of 3-A sanitary standards and the 3-A Symbol.  Presenters will include Don Wilding, Illinois Dept. of Public Health & Food, Dennis Glick, USDA Dairy Grading Branch, and Randy Elsberry, Regional Dairy Specialist, FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs, Pacific Region. 

• New Food Safety Legislation and Industry Perspectives - Dr. Ron Schmidt, University of Florida, will assess the new Food Safety and Modernization Act and the requirements for an extensive Hazard Analysis of all aspects of food production to identify known or foreseeable hazards associated with the processing systems and practices.  Provable equipment design criteria, such as ‘3-A’, will be an essential element to reduce recognizable hazards to remain compliant.  The implications of the new legislation for some key industries with a high requirement for sanitary design will be explored.  Jon Anderson, Head of OSHA Compliance and Educational Product Development, AIB International, will address the baking industry outlook.

• Simplified Sanitary Design Solutions - Stuart Salvador, Paul Mueller Co., will examine the benefits of simplified sanitary design solutions which, through greater manufacturability and ease of operator use and maintenance, enhance sanitary equipment operations.  The presentation will offer case study examples and the tools necessary for manufacturers to improve designs and all stakeholders to make a positive impact through the 3-A Sanitary Standards.

• EHEDG Design Guidelines for Separators - Reinhard Moss, Head of Research & Development, GEA Westfalia Separator Group GmbH will detail the design criteria for separators and a review of guidelines of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group.

• When and How is Passivation of Stainless Steels Needed? - Dick Avery, The Nickel Institute, will cover the latest in steel passivation and current insights for fabricators, processors and regulatory sanitarians.

The 3-A SSI Annual Meeting will open on Wednesday morning, May 18, with reports on 3-A SSI programs and services and a forum on current issues in developing 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices.  Work Group sessions will begin late Wednesday morning and continue through Friday morning, May 20.

Registration is required for all events.  A registration fee applies to the education session on May 17 with a discount available until April 30.  No fee is required for the 3-A SSI Annual Meeting and Working Group meetings, which are open to all interested parties.  See the 3-A SSI website at, News & Events, or go directly to for complete program details, including registration information and Work Group meeting schedules.  Sponsorship opportunities are also available.  Sponsorship represents a great opportunity to build recognition as supporter of the expanding education mission of 3-A SSI.  For sponsorship details, contact Tim Rugh at 3-A SSI.

Contact: Timothy R. Rugh, CAE, Email address:

Source: 3-A SSI News Release


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