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Food Safety Quality

Homosassa, Florida, United States
February 24, 2018

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Mark Queenan

Crystal River, Florida Cell: 305-***-****

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Food Safety and Quality Assurance Professional. Vast experience implementing and auditing food safety, sanitation and quality assurance compliance systems for top-tier Food Manufacturing firms. Excellent leadership, problem solving and relationship building skills. Expertise in:


USDA Meat & Poultry HACCP

FSMA Rules

USDA Agricultural Marketing Services

EPA regulations



Drinking Water and Wastewater

Food Safety and Quality Assurance System Development

AIB, SQF, PrimusGFS Auditing and Inspection


Pest Control

Supply-Chain Management

Raw Material and Finished Product Specification development

Packaging Specification and Label Development

Food Safety Compliance Group, LLC 2017 – current

FSCG are food safety and quality experts that consult with food & beverage manufacturers, growers, pack houses, hydroponic greenhouses, quick service restaurants, and supermarket retailers.

We specialize in:

FDA Food Code

SQF System Development

Produce Safety Rule Implementation

Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI)

Foreign Supplier Verification Program

Sanitary Transport Rule.

Seafood HACCP

Meat and Poultry HACCP and SSOPs, Grant of Inspection


ISO 222000/FSSC 22000.

USDA Organic

Flagler Global Logistics, Miami, FL 2015 – 2017

Subsidiary of FECI. Full suite of integrated perishable commodities supply chain management. Flagler Global Logistics closed their business April, 2017

Food Safety Director

Implemented Food Safety and Quality Management System.

Attained PrimusGFS and SQF level 2 Certifications.

Implemented and maintained FDA Seafood HACCP program for Walmart Seafood Program.

Established cloud based QA and Food Safety Software program.

Achieved PrimusGFS and SQF Level 2 Certification

Executed Federal Regulatory Compliance programs ensuring adherence to applicable FDA, USDA, OSHA IIPP and EPA standards.

Attained FL State and Federal Food Facility licenses and registrations.

Developed an Equipment Hygienic and Sanitary Design Evaluation Program to assist Operations and Engineering in Procuring New Produce Bagging Systems.

Initiated Food Safety Quality Management System, Safety and 5S weekly Balanced Scorecard

Assigned to Manage and Lead the Development of the Business Continuity Plan collaborating with Engineering and Operations.

Undertook implementation of Organic Handling Program achieving Organic Handling Certification

Conducted Blueberry Shelf Life Extension Testing utilizing UV-C technology for Customers.

Backyard farms, LLC - Madison, Maine. 2013 - 2015

2007 - 2012

Subsidiary of Fidelity Investments, 42-acre state of the art greenhouses.

Director of Quality and Food Safety

Winner of the 13th annual Food Quality and Safety Award sponsored by DuPont Nutrition & Health and presented by Food Quality & Safety magazine.

Implemented quality, food safety, sanitation, housekeeping, pest control, waste stream, and environmental departments.

Achieved SQF Level 3 certification, GLOBALG.A.P. Produce Safety Standard Certification,

NSF Certified Greenhouse Farmers Certification

Initiated USDA Agricultural Commodities Standards QA Compliance Program

Collaborated with coworkers in partnership with The University of Florida to analyze, monitor and control harvest and post-harvest environmental risk factors.

Implemented environmental compliance program for drinking water, waste water, storm water, air emissions, universal and hazardous waste.

Collaborated in improving seed and plant pathogen detection limits to reduce risk.

Initiated OSHA programs and safety committee.

Collaborated with coworkers in partnership with OSU to implement tool disinfection program, reducing crop disease pressure and fruit contamination.

Launched new sanitation processing room that saved $36,000 annually by cleaning and disinfecting crop nutrient delivery equipment for reuse.

Redesigned employee uniform, drinking water, waste stream and sewer management programs reducing annual costs by $275,000.

Teamed with coworkers to implement biosecurity protocols and advanced crop microbiological testing protocols.

Implemented and managed Department of Homeland Security chemical security program.

Launched well-received program of professional development courses for all QA team members including regulatory licenses, quality and food safety certifications.

Stavis Seafoods, Boston, MA. 2012 to 2013

Wholesale Seafood Company and international seafood distributor.

Director of Quality Assurance

Initiated revision of product specifications for diverse range of fresh, frozen and pasteurized seafood products that features more than 700 items.

Advanced the company quality mission of delivering premium quality products to all customers.

Improved and aligned food safety and quality system programs, systems, policies, processes, procedures, controls, laboratory and technical team.

Maintained the global network of international suppliers through international quality standards, certifications and audit systems.

Contributed to revision of supplier selection with sourcing team.

Supported inspection of raw material in-house and outside cold storage facilities.

Verified and validated companywide HACCP plans GMPs and SSOPs.

Redesigned sanitation standard operation procedures, SOPS and MCS.

Tactical team member and contributor to new company functional improvement strategies.

Elected to lead new innovation circle management program to bring employee driven projects in front of ownership for possible election and implementation.

Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauce, Haverhill, MA. 2006 - 2007

Nestle Prepared Foods North America, gourmet pasta & sauce. 2001 - 2004

Director of Quality and Food safety

Managed QA-Food Safety Team of 15 and 30 sanitarians.

Managed USDA-FSIS Meat and Poultry HACCP Programs, SSOPs, Pre-Operational Inspection, Label Approvals, Grant of Inspections.

Assisted with engineering new 150,000 square foot facility addition design layout, food and employee travel paths and production support rooms.

Reduced sanitation team by 30% and maintained food safety and environmental compliance.

Implemented hold and release microbiological testing program.

Achieved Superior Gold ratings from Silliker Laboratories and NSF Cook and Thurber.

Spearheaded hygiene zoning program

Managed quality assurance department and technicians, food safety and HACCP team, sanitation program and employees with combined $1.0 mm budget.

Constructed and implemented Quality System covering all aspects of quality assurance, food safety, and sanitation and associated training plant wide with a workforce of 150 employees.

Resolved major product integrity concern at sister plant in Orlando Florida.

Managed renovation, equipment purchase and set-up, hiring, Quality Management Program approval by CFIA at company owned lobster processing facility in Halifax Nova Scotia.

Streamlined waste stream separating food waste from non-food waste saving 50,000 dollars annually.

Significantly improved overall ingredient safety by personally inspecting major suppliers and implementing company specific quality and food safety specifications.

Researched and helped implement microwave and x-ray inspection systems.

Coordinated cause and effect problem solving technology to reduce out of spec product while increasing yield.

Compass Group (subsidiary Au Bon Pain Corporation), Boston, MA 2004 - 2006 CG has over 8,000 food service units in North America, ABP with 220 units. Supplier Quality and QA Manager

● Aided in supplier approval and label design for nationwide launch of RTE meat and poultry deli meats and retail snacks.

Created and implemented ingredient and product specification program.

Developed and launched supplier qualification program.

Maintained program compliance and handling all food product related incidents.

Launched aggressive successful pest control program at cafes.

Partnered with operations and successfully obtained USDA made with organic program at Au Bon Pain bakery headquarters.

Implemented HACCP at 220 Corporate and franchise Café’s.

Alden Merrell Fine Desserts, Newburyport, MA 1989 - 2001

Division of H.J. Heinz. High-end dessert distributed throughout the U.S.

Facility Manager

Achieved Superior ratings from American Institute of Baking.

Managed Food Safety, Sanitation/Environmental and the Maintenance department simultaneously.

Developed, staffed and managed on-site wastewater abatement facility.

Maintained 1.5-mm budget.

Acquired Grade 4M Wastewater License to design, and operate wastewater abatement system to meet and exceed required City and State discharge parameters.

Developed and implemented GMP/HACCP program and training for a workforce of 225 employees. Implemented plant wide recycling program.

Aided in new plant design, layout, food and employee travel paths and production support rooms.


Granite State College, Portsmouth New Hampshire

BS in Applied technology, Food Quality Management

Michigan State University Pro Master of Food Safety Program

Masters Certificate Food Safety

Certificates and Registrations:

ISO 22000 /FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor Certified

CPFS- Certified Professional – Food Safety -National Environmental Health Association

SQF Registered Auditor

SQF Registered Consultant

Certified Professional – Food safety NEHA

FDA-PCQI - Preventive Controls Qualified Person Certificate

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Train the Trainer Certificate

Foreign Supplier Verification Program Certificate

Produce Safety Alliance – TTT Certificate

GLOBALG.A.P Trainer Certificate

GMP Certified

Foreign Supplier Verification Program Certified

SQF Practioner Certificate

Seafood HACCP and Sanitation Control Procedures TTT Certified

Harmonized G.A.P. Auditor Certificate

Advanced Food Safety Certificate

ASQ Certified Quality Improvement Associate

NEHA Certified Food Safety Trainer

OSHA 30 Certification

Board Positions:

Florida Environmental Health Association – Board Director

Publications, Research and Awards:

1.The Efficacy of UV-C Treatment in Reduction of Botrytis cinerea in Solution

Mark Queenan, ABC Research Laboratories, Gainesville, Florida, Backyard Farms LLC, Madison, Maine

2.Effectiveness of various sanitizers against the natural bacterial flora,

Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica on the outer skin surface of tuna fish

Aubrey F. Mendonca1, Aura Daraba1,2,, John A. Lopes3 and Mark Queenan4. 1Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010; 2Department of Food Science, Food Engineering & Applied Biotechnology.

3.Effectiveness of Methyl Bromide Fumigation in Reducing Salmonella Contamination on Blueberry and Grape Surfaces

Mark Queenan, U of FL, The testing and results are not an endorsement of the products by the University of Florida. Flagler Global Logistics.

Winner of the 13th annual Food Quality & Safety Award at the annual Food Safety Summit.

First hydroponic greenhouse in the U.S. to earn GLOBALG.A.P.PSS Certification.

US Tomato Grower Backyard Farms Is First to Obtain GLOBALG.A.P. Harmonized Produce Safety Standard Certification.

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