Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spontaneous Generation

Hello Friends,
I promise myself not to talk about Food Manufacturing again, and I fail... Here goes another one...

About 15 years ago, I was giving consulting services to a Food production company. After one of my Quality Control Audits, I found Mold,
Food with Mold

I was an inexpert, young professional back them..., however had my doubts. Then I talked to an expert in HACCP, and asked him:
  • Do you think is it possible that the mold was in the air, before sealing the package?!..., because if it was sealed perfectly well, I Do not understand why there is mold on it!!!..
 15 years ago!!

His Answer: Do you believe in "Spontaneous Generation"??!!, because if you do not believe in it, there is no reason to think that Escherichia coli, salmonella, mold, can be created out of nothing!!!
I said, WOW!!,  Eureka!! are right!!!....
In summary: 
  1. The product in my consulting services was not sealed well
  2. If a product has salmonella, Escherichia coli is because during the manufacturing process there were NO CONTROL of Critical Points.
  • The Critical Point could be: Time, Pressure, Temperature, etc.

Well, Conclusion now is: Our media and companies behave like they believe in "Spontaneous Generation"


After I read the news of Peanut Corporation of America, all the deaths, millions of dollars spent in courts...., I have not been able to stop thinking about it....,
Even the news, support how wrong we are...,
Newspapers, CBC, CTV, Fox News, CNN, all talk about this Food manufacturing problems, as if there was a:
Spontaneous Generation: Wikipedia gives a clear definition of what this is...

One mistake that Companies and the Media have being doing during the last six years is to talk about problems in Maple Leaf Foods, and all the others companies involved in these Food Contamination scandals..., as `Spontaneous Generation` problems...

We are talking about Technical / Scientific problems here, that affect humans beings!!!, let's forget about the possibility of Spontaneous Generation..., it doesn't work like that!

These are Lessons Learned..., Well, at the moment, they are just Lessons...
we still need to wait a little longer to determine if it has been "Learned"

Have a nice day,

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Roberto Santana holds a B.Sc. in Industrial engineering (Registered with APEGGA); an MBA degree, and graduated studies in computer sciences. He is RABQSA QMS Lead Auditor; a problem solver with 18+ years hands-on experience improving organizations performance in roles with increasing levels of responsibility. Ten years serving in a management capacity for 4 engineering firms. Posses project management background and savvy expertise in optimizing people, machines, materials, and information. 

Project size has ranged from $500 MM to $8B primarily in Gold Mining and Oil Sands-Canada (upstream & downstream) as well as in refining. Experience encompasses all phases of the lifecycle of a project including conceptual, front end, detailed design, construction and completion with a track record of customer Success and Client Satisfaction. Most projects have involved complex interfaces with multiple contractors / Sub-contractors and vendors as well as extensive modularization, involving distributed execution between multiple offices and countries. 


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