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Quality Food Safety

Hollywood, Florida, United States
August 14, 2018

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KIRT MEHTA Tel: 980-***-**** **** Beechwood Terrace, Charlotte, NC 28226 Email:


Dynamic, customer-centric and driven professional with focus, integrity, personal ownership and partnership ideals, and experience in leadership, guidance and support in the company-wide best in class food safety and quality operations realizing company policy, regulatory guidelines, and customer objectives.

Develop, execute, inspect and benchmark end-to-end food safety and quality systems, certification programs, manufacturing processes, customer complaint management, supplier control and customer development plans, and cross-functional collaboration between shareholders achieving company’s commitments.

Identify opportunities and eliminate variations in finished goods quality protecting consumers and brands from potential hazardous conditions and strengthen customer confidence. Maintain GFSI (SQF/BRC) and ISO pre-requisites, best industries practices, regulatory compliance, continuous improvement and modernization act including global food safety initiatives and food defense management.


Establish and Execute Strategies/Assessment/KPIs

Develop and Implement Specifications / Processes

Regulatory Affairs, Relations and Compliance

Root Cause Analysis, Complaint Resolution, CAPA

Consumer Affairs, Liability Reduction, Traceability

TM™ Accreditations - Organic/Kosher/Halal Etc.

Certificates - SQF/BRC/ISO/FSMA/Government Cert.

Project Planning, Management and Training

Good Manufacturing Practices, Global Food Safety

Co-Packer/Supplier Development and Approval

Procurement Support and Ingredient Control

Sales and Marketing Support and Client Services

Client Development and Retention Plans/Follow-up

Product Development/Commercialization/Re-engineering

Production Planning, and Lean Operation, Plant Start-up

Analytical and Laboratory Testing, Shelf-Life Studies


May 2017 – Present Bakkavor USA, Charlotte, NC Consultant – TS/QA/FS System Compliance

Accountable for consistent quality and food safety compliance of all RTE, RTC and RTU Finished Goods. Maintain best practices, preventive controls and continuous improvement throughout the facility ensuring compliance with company policy, FSMA, SQF, ISO, HACCP, and regulatory requirements and customer expectations.

Establish, execute and enforce company-wide quality strategy and systems to maintain compliance with company policy.

Lead and manage FDA/USDA/SQF/ISO and Customer audits & requests, eliminate deficiencies and maintain certificates.

Setup, communicate and maintain SQF, ISO and Customer requirements, training and validation processes.

Ensure all work instructions are written, translated, understood, used and conform with formulation, methods, standards and regulatory laws including customers’ requirements. Enforce quality KPIs and Metrics, and product evaluation strategy to minimize variations in quality attributes of fresh & frozen products in most (risk based) compliant and cost-efficient way.

Identify, approve and maintain supplier scorecards and ingredient specifications, and inspect to uphold compliance.

Manage and maintain the plant’s quality inspection and product release programs. Hire, train and develop FSQA team.

Complete New Product Development recipe and label handover requirements and technical data per customer requests.

Ensures that quality is trained, evaluated and adherence to the quality policy, and manage special project.

Interface with customers to assure technical data and audits, handle quality complaints and corrective actions are addressed in an effective and timely manner, bring them to closure.

Develop quality metrics, monitor performance and report on progress. Set up quality key performance indicator (KPI)s, and Track and Trends processes to minimize waste and reduce scrap. Perform other duties, as required.

Aug 2010 – Feb 2017 ARASCO, Riyadh, KSA. Sr. Executive–Technical Services and Auditing

Accountable for manufacturing wholesome and consistent finished products with minimum quality variations meeting regulatory compliance and customer expectations. Drive transparent Total Quality Management (TQM) and Continuous Improvement (CI) culture in a culturally diverse international environment with multiple-facilities and multi-national staff interfacing management and the shareholders. Oversee co-packer and supplier quality KPIs and Metrics compliance.

Establish forward-looking communication and compliance initiatives benchmarking systems and relationships network between sites operation and technical functions. Identify the risk and work with the site management to eliminate it.

Design, validate and setup product testing aligned with set quality parameters. Establish final specifications and manufacturing processes, and help operation execute it. Establish KPIs & Metrix to measure process effectiveness.

Handle customer complaints, conduct root cause analysis, eliminate deficiencies and ensure closing. Oversee product hold & release, disposition of expired ingredients, manage stressed products, and market withdrawal management.

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Ensure all quality manual, work Instructions, pre-requisites, specification and processes are written, translated, understood, used and conform with formulation, methods, standards and regulatory laws.

Develop KPIs, product evaluation strategy and quality matrix minimizing variations in quality attributes of fresh and frozen products in most (risk based) compliant and cost-efficient way.

Establish and redefine audit criteria and audit frequency depending on the product sensitivity, volume and turnover. Coordinate audit process and audit facilities and new product manufacturing ensuring (specification & mfg.) compliance.

Establish risk-based verification and validation programs by product sensitivity, turn-over and volume and expectations for FS, QA, QC, GMP, HACCP, RFT (Right-First-Time) manufacturing; quality hold &retention program; complaint response plans, allergen & pest control programs, and ingredient and finished product deficiency reducing plan.

Serve as a primary liaison with Regulatory Agencies ensuring all operating processes, standards, labels and packaging information are accurate and reflecting correct data and compliant with statutory laws. Handle inquiries, inspections and employee training ensuring high levels of competency, efficiency and performance.

Design product specific laboratory test systems generating accurate and legally defensible results, and conduct sensory evaluation comparing our products with market products.

Support operations on improving product reliability and functionality. Re-engineer recipes, processes and ingredients according to conditions not compromising quality attributes, regulatory guidelines and customer contract expectations.

Establish quality parameters for supplier contracts. Qualify ingredients & suppliers. Communicate proper formulas, processes, specifications, non-disclosure, code-of-ethics and pure food agreements are on files. Mentor minority suppliers

Work with Sales & Marketing on new client development and on customer retention plan. Investigate and resolve customer complaints and provide technical support to clients.

Collaborates with Product Development in product commercialization projects. Drive quality excellence in scale-up of formula ensuring quality and regulatory mandates are not compromising product quality and integrity. Establish technical data, batch recipe, processing instructions, and maintain SAP and Q-Pulse real time analysis.

Sep 2009 – Jul 2010 MONOGRAM FOODS, Martinsville, VA Sr. Director – FSQA & TS

Directed all aspects of Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Operations and Regulatory Compliance at Monogram Foods Facilities for manufacturing of shelf-stable, refrigerated and frozen RTE food. Led products and facility audits, corporate quality initiatives and validation systems, new product start-ups, training program, and mentor and develop quality teams.

Developed, implemented and optimized all food safety and quality assurance aspects of three food processing plants (Martinsville, VA; Bristol, IN and Chandler, MN) for manufacturing of precooked bacon, corn dogs, beef and bacon jerky and cheese snacks, corn hot dogs, spicy and pickle sausages, pet treats, gourmet foods and appetizers. Drove continuous improvement to minimize variations in finished goods quality. Reduced rework and waste.

Maintained regulatory guidelines and 3rd party (SQF, BRC, ISO) certification/prerequisites, and supplier quality standards. Conducted inspections of supplier & co-packer facilities to ensure compliance with company policy and standards.

Established and executed SOPs, specifications and supplier quality standards. Ensured that SQF, FSMA, HACCP, GMPs, SOPs, pest control, allergen control, lot traceability, foodborne pathogens, sanitation practices, environmental monitoring and recall programs, and quality and training manuals were up-to-date, and employees were trained.

Analyze performance of quality control systems ensuring effectiveness and performance, and eliminated deficiencies supporting relevant departments, outside vendors, or contractors to minimize quality variations.

Managed all FSQA programs for all finished goods testing and release. Remediated deficiencies and brought closure.

Tracked product and process nonconformances, daily production quality, root cause analyses and quality trends. Participated in the development of product specifications. Managed QA Managers directly and QA teams.

Established KPIs and plant FSQA performance, fostered a positive, engaging learning culture, ensured up-to-date knowledge, regulatory skills, and technical skills. Trained and developed Quality team members.

Oct 2003 – Aug 2009 MCCLANCY SEASONING CO., Fort Mill, SC VP, Technical Services

Accountable for all quality assurance, food safety and security, product development, auditing, training, and regulatory compliance of raw materials and finished dry and wet RTC and RTU portion-pack products.

Managed all TS, QA, FS activities for manufacturing of RTU dry marinate, batter, breading, condiments, seasoning and bakery items, and wet gravies, sauces and dressings including battered/breaded meat and seafood items.

Resolved manufacturing quality issues and brought to closure. Developed and optimized Supplier Quality Criteria, SOPs, SSOPs, Specifications, and Training Manuals, and provided training to employees.

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Primary contact with regulatory agencies and customers for quality related matters. Led and participated in regulatory, 3rd party and customer inspections and ensured corrective and preventive action plan with timely completion.

Accountable for FSQA and product release. Monitor industry and regulatory guidelines and trends, and recommend changes in company’s procedures to reflect changes in technology and current regulatory environment

May 1998 – Oct 2003 SODEXO INC., Gaithersburg, MD Director, QA/FS/TS/ Auditing

Dec 1976 – May 1998 ADVANTICA RESTAURANTS GR, Spartanburg, SC Sr. Manager, QA/FS

Responsible for QA, FS and Regulatory Compliance for all supplied food and beverage category products for fast food white cloth restaurants and buffet cafeterias. Established & manageed comprehensive Supplier FSQA Audit Program depending on product categories. Audited product & suppliers based on product volume, product sensitivity and product turn-over. Provided technical support to units, operations, procurement, distribution, manufacturing and PD protecting the brands and customers.


Certified In

Advance HACCP (Highest Level) – AIB, USA

Advance HACCP (All Level -1, 2, 3) – BEAMCOM, UK

Advance Preventive Sanitation (All Levels) – ASI, USA

Preventive Controls for Human Foods – FSPCA, USA

Q-Pulse Configuration & Power User – CANADA/UAE

Business Writing Proficiency – Spearhead Training, UK

USDA Certified Meat Grader & Inspector – USDA, USA

Leadership and Team Building – Sodexo Inc., FRANCE

Employee Development Skills – Compass Gr, UK/USA

Project Management Professional (PMPR) – Wave Management Consultant, UK/UAE

Strategic Planning Strategy – Compass Gr, UK/USA

Seafood HACCP Certified – Seafood HACCP Alliance, AFDO (Association of Food and Drug Officials), USA

Practical Project Management (PPMR) – MAWJ Management Consultant, UAE/SPAIN

ServSafe Facilitator and Trainer – NRAEF, USA

USDC Seafood Grader and Inspector – USDC, USA

Presentation Skills – Spearhead Training, UK

Effective Communication Skills – Spearhead, UK

Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving Skills – Spearhead, UK

Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PP, Outlook) - Compass Group, UK/USA, and Arasco – KSA

Minority and Diversity Dev. – Advantica Rest Gr, USA

Trained For

GFSI: SQF & BRC (NSF, SGS, AIB, IDAC, Mérieux NutriSciences'/Silliker Lab) – Practitioner/Document Control/CAPA

ISO: QMS 9001:2008 and FSMS 22000:2005 – Practitioner/Document Control/Corrective Steps

REGULATORY LIASION: USDA, FDA, STATE, GCC, GSO, International Requisites - Compliance/Facilitator

HACCP, FS, GMP, BIO-SECURITY: Develop plans/Validate/Change Coordinator/Compliance

TQM and CUSTOMER SERVICE: Continuous Improvement/CAPA/Training/Build Teams and Relationships

ORGANIC: QAI (Quality Assurance International) - Liaison/Facilitator/Compliance

KOSHER: OU (Orthodox Union), OK (Organized Kashrus), KOF - K Kosher Certification - Liaison/Compliance

NATURAL: NPA (Natural Product Association) and Non-GMO Certificate - Liaison/Facilitator/Compliance

HALAL: IFANCA and SHARIYAH (Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America and GCC) – Liaison/Compliance

SAP (System Application and Data Base: ERP Software); M-Tech technology; Q-Pulse technology – User

ESHA GENESIS Nutritional and Labeling – Basic User

MICROSOFT OFFICE (Word, Excel, PP, Outlook) – Power User


Bachelor of Science (Major-Organic Chemistry, Minor-Microbiology): 1976, JP College, India

Microsoft Office Suit: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Visio, Outlook, and Voicemail – Power User

Nationality: US Citizen, Languages: Multi-Lingual, Able to Relocate and Travel


Available upon request.

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