Pharmaceutical Contamination and Food Safety

Live Webinar

  • 60 minutes

What foods have drugs in them? How do the drugs get there? What impact can these foods have on humans? What impact can a recall of pharmaceutically contaminated foods have on your business?

Processors, packers, distributors and other food supply chain members need to know which foods are becoming illegal due to newly enacted laws and potential impact to segments of the consumer population. Antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance, antidepressants, allergies, inappropriately labeled GMO (biotechnology) in foods cause interactions between the drug in the food and drugs consumed by humans. Many of these foods are making recall headlines costing the food supply chain millions of dollars in lost revenue.

Join this session by expert speaker John Ryan, where he will cover traceability issues critical to the appropriate location and identification of pharmaceutically impacted foods in the event of recalls.

Session Highlights:

  • Know which foods contain drugs

  • Understand how pharmaceuticals get into foods

  • Get basic knowledge of interactions between food drugs and consumed drugs and drug absorption

  • Develop a competent traceability and recall program

  • Review your suppliers for food residue violations

  • Understand the problem of antimicrobial resistance resulting from antibiotics in animal feeds

  • Review the controversies involved with GMO and antibiotic foods

  • Look for states with laws in conflict with the federal government

  • Review some outbreaks resulting from pharmaceutical contamination that impacted consumers

Why You Should Attend:

A basic understanding of pharmaceutically contaminated foods is critical to any food safety program. With the Supply Chain Rules issued under FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) preventive controls, food supply chain members now share liability as a result of their inability to identify and help control foods deemed to be harmful as a result of pharmaceutical contamination. Learn where to look to see if your suppliers are in violation of Food Safety Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) food residue violations. This initial review will help food safety, quality, processor, buyer, compliance and other food supply chain members to begin to investigate the impact of pharmaceutical contamination in the foods they purchase, process, import and sell.

Who Should Attend:

  • Food supply chain upper management personnel

  • Financial personnel

  • Buyers

  • Inventory personnel

  • All registered food facilities food safety and quality personnel

  • GMO

  • Managers in retail and restaurant operations

  • Compliance officers

  • Import personnel

  • Food logistics professionals

  • Sales and marketing personnel

  • Labeling specialists

*You may ask your Question directly to our expert during the Q&A session.

** You can buy On-Demand and view it as per your convenience.

John  Ryan

John Ryan

Dr. John Ryan is a certified Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) specializing in food safety process control and food safety plan validation.  He holds a Ph.D. in research and statistical methods and has extensive international manufacturing quality and operations experience in large and small manufacturing operations and he is a retired Hawaii State Department of Agriculture Quality Assurance Division administrator.  He currently operates two business divisions focused on food safety system validation ( and transportation controls ( 

He is the author of “Guide to Food Safety and Quality During Transportation:  Controls, Standards and Practices.” He has previously published books covering food fraud, teams and teamwork and has recently completed a new book on validating preventive controls in food operations.

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