Debby, a native of Needham, Massachusetts, is President of D. L. Newslow & Associates, Inc. located in Orlando, Florida. Debby is the author of The ISO 9000 Quality System: Applications in Food and Technology released by John Wiley & Sons Publishing in February 2001 and also the author of a HACCP-based chapter included in the 2003 John Wiley & Sons release of the Food Safety Compendium. Debby just completed her second book titled, Food Safety Management Programs – Applications, Best Practices and Compliance, published by CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group in fourth quarter of 2013. Debby also wrote the chapter “Food Safety and Quality Management Systems” for the Encyclopedia of Food Safety (Elsevier 2013).
A Food Science & Technology degree from the University of Florida prepared her to begin a career as a Quality Control Manager with T.G. Lee Foods, a division of Dean Foods. In 1985, Debby joined The Coca-Cola Company in its Minute Maid Division (CCF) as a Research & Development Food Scientist. In 1987, Debby transferred to Quality Assurance as a Corporate Auditor and Project Specialist, where she was instrumental in developing a GMP audit program, creation of a company standard Quality Assurance Manual, and assisted with ISO 9002:1994 certifications of three different process operations.
In 1995, Debby joined Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) as a certified Quality Assurance Lead Auditor. Debby has been involved with ISO certification and consulting activities in a wide range of industries; pet food, dairy, beverage, soup, spice, candy, sugar, citrus, meats, poultry, seafood, tobacco, chemicals, packaging, and cosmetics. She has assisted and consulted with more than 400 different companies, including: M & M Mars, Mars Pet Food, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Coca-Cola, Ethel M. Chocolate, Charleston Packaging, New Zealand Milk Products, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Domino Sugar, Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Printpack, SE Container, Inc., Barton Solvents, Hiram Walker, Mead Johnson, Campbell’s Soup, Tropicana, Reckitt Benckiser, Louis Dreyfus, Wixon, Consolidated Paper, Pepperidge Farm, Grace Kennedy, Dairy Industries, Southern Gardens Citrus, Bacardi, Cargill, Wrigley, Citrosuco, Calico Cottage, Whitlock Foods, Ethel M. Chocolate, Fresh Express – Chiquita, Cutrale, and Devro-Teepak.
Debby subcontracts with LRQA as an ISO 9001 lead auditor qualified to perform audits in food (including high risk foods), chemical, and packaging operations for ISO 9001, 22000, and HACCP. Debby’s main interests are assisting food, chemical, and various other industries with business system development and maintenance activities. This includes ISO compliance (9000, 14000, OHSAS 18001, 22000), HACCP, SQF, BRC, GMP, Food Hygiene, HACCP Prerequisite Programs, Crisis Management, and other related systems/processes. When not assisting companies with development/maintenance activities, she is teaching workshops based on these topics.
Debby has published numerous articles in such trade journals as Cultured Dairy Products Journal; Dairy, Food, and Environmental Sanitation; Dairy Foods; and Food Quality. A presenter at meetings and short courses sponsored by such organizations as University of Florida, IFT, SME, Citrus Engineers, Agricultural Consultants, Food Safety Summit, Food Quality, and the American Spice Trade Association, she has also served on the Executive Board of Florida IFT and is currently on the Editorial Board of Food Protection. She has served on executive boards of the “Citrus Division” and “Quality Assurance Division” of IFT and Cultured Dairy Products Association and has been a member of the development team for the ASQ-HACCP certification exam and the NRFSP HACCP manager exam.
Debby is an IRCA Certified Quality Assurance Lead Assessor, an American Society of Quality (ASQ) Certified Quality Auditor, Certified HACCP Auditor and Certified Quality Manager. She is active in IFT, FLA IFT, International Association for Food Protection, FAFP, and the American Society for Quality (ASQ). In 2003, Debby was the recipient of the Roy Wilson Sparkle Award presented by the Florida Division of IFT for her contributions to sanitation in the citrus industry. In 2007, Debby received the Bob Olsen Award for her distinguished contributions and service to Florida Section IFT. In 2008, Debby received the Sanitarian of the Year Award from the Florida Association for Food Protection. She received the 2013 Food Safety Leadership Award for Training presented by NSF International at the Food Safety Summit.