Food Safety Specialist
Erika developed her love for food preparation and the importance of cleanliness at an early age. She began working with food as a child in her grandparents’ kitchen and cooked her first full Thanksgiving dinner at the age of 11. When she isn’t on the job, Erika can usually be found in her own kitchen, cooking and baking for her family.
She has ten years experience in the restaurant business, both front and back of house, where she worked her way up from washing dishes to waitressing. She learned the concept of food safety at a Servsafe food handling course during this time. Throughout her college career, she worked in several foodservice establishments. This experience has taught her the challenge and necessity of maintaining a safe food handling culture during times of peak production.
Erika has experience as a Quality Assurance Manager, as well as, an Analytical Chemist. Erika understands the advanced instrumental analysis methods, such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry, as well as, microbiological testing methods commonly employed within the industry. She has an excellent understanding of organic chemistry and takes a fact-based, scientific approach to system development and implementation. Erika received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Florida in 2005. A Tampa native, she is trained in and experienced with GMPs, HACCP, FSSC 22000, Internal Auditing/Risk Analysis and FSMA; including program design and implementation, facility compliance, and training. After a brief stint in aggregate quality assurance where she learned the basics of ISO and developed her first SOP manual, she entered the Florida Citrus industry (on the byproducts side), where she received further extensive training in the citrus industry. She has completed the FDA/FSPCA Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) course. Among her many skills, Erika has the unique ability to understand the scope of an operation, and is able to logically develop a Food Safety Management System in a non-traditional food handling facility.
We are glad to welcome Erika to D. L. Newslow & Associates where she is working as a Food Safety Specialist.