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Did you know that producers of alcoholic beverages are now regulated by the FDA under the new Food Safety Modernization Act?

As per Code of Federal Regulations Title 21, Subpart A, Section 117.5 (21 CFR 117.5), these facilities are exempt from several portions of FSMA, but need to comply with some of the requirements regardless of the size of their operation.

Understanding or figuring out what federal requirements you need to follow can be challenging when trying to read through all the information. To help resolve those questions alcoholic beverage producers are invited to attend a free presentation and panel discussion hosted by the QC2 Lab at the University of Southern Maine.

The following panel of experts will be involved:

Jason Bolton, Ph.D. is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Food Safety Specialist, where he works with food/beverage companies in Maine/U.S. on facility design, HACCP implantation, thermal process validation, FSMA and regulation interpretation. Dr. Bolton is the academic director of Innovation Engineering and is a cooperating faculty member with the University of Maine School of Food and Agriculture, where he performs research in the areas of food processing and brewing sciences and teaches courses on commercial brewing and food safety. Dr. Bolton provides process authority services in the areas of seafood, meat and poultry and acidified canned food products and offers industry courses on Meat and Poultry HACCP, Seafood HACCP, Better Process Control School, PCHF, and Sanitation. Jason holds Train-the-Trainer certificates as Lead Instructor for PCHF, Better Process Control School, Meat & Poultry HACCP and Seafood HACCP.

Nathan Sanborn is the founder and co-owner of Rising Tide Brewing Company. As the Director of Operations, one of Nathan's primary areas of focus is ensuring ongoing compliance with FSMA requirements. He has presented seminars at the Brewer's Association's annual trade conference on topics of Quality Control in Small Breweries, Product Recall Management, and Good Manufacturing Practices. Nathan also serves on the advisory board of the USM QC2 lab.

Lucille Benedict, Ph.D. is collaborating with the Maine Brewer's Guild to support quality control testing, education and research for the craft brewing community. In March of 2016, as director, she launched the Quality Control Collaboratory (QC2 lab) at the University of Southern Maine, a laboratory that offers workshops and testing services for brewer's along with real-world lab experiences and research projects for undergraduate students.

Jonathan M. Dunitz, Counsel has experience working with both new and established New England breweries. His beverage law practice focuses on risk management from start-up through growth, regulatory advice, and litigation before administrative tribunals and trial courts. Jonathan spoke on risk management at both the 2017 New England Brew Summit and will also present at the 2018 Craft Brewers Conference, hosted by the Brewers Association. Jonathan regularly pushes out content for the craft beer community in the form of blogs, podcasts and articles, which can be accessed on the firm’s beverage blog, Lawyers on Tap.


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