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Some Risk and Economic Tradeoffs related to the Cannabis Drying Process

C.E. Credits: P.A.C.E. CE Florida CE
Speaker
  • Quality Assurance Manager (QAP), GreenSeal Cannabis Company
    Biography
      "As Quality Assurance Manager (QAP) for GreenSeal Cannabis Company Ltd, Cyndi Willems-Gibson ensures that incoming materials meet regulatory requirements, that plants are grown, processed and packaged according to Good Manufacturing Practices, and that all finished products meet our strict release criteria in order to protect the clients (as well as the company). In addition to this, a main focus of her role is to ensure continuous improvement of systems at the facility ensuring a premium product every time. Cyndi has more than 25 years in Manufacturing and Quality experience with a focus on creating Quality Management Systems. Previously she was the Quality Assurance Manager for one of the largest ice cream manufacturers in North America and a national distributor throughout Canada. Quality ISO Certifications, ERP implementations, Quality Monitoring Programs, Foreign Material Programs and TPM were all successfully implemented during her tenure and to that end, saw a significant reduction in consumer complaints. In addition to an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Western Ontario, Cyndi has continued her studies as a Lead Auditor/Trainer for ISO9001 and FSSC22000, GMP, HACCP, Pest Management and most recently in plant sciences. Cyndi has been married to her partner and friend Mike for 25 years and has two sons, Eric and Evan."

    Abstract

    The cannabis industry is relatively new, and standards are ever changing.  When developing strategies to standardize and improve the cannabis growing and production process, there are many trade-offs that need to be considered.  The risks due to microbial contamination are arguably the most important as they can cause an entire crop to be destroyed or downgraded.  We review the overall quality control process, the key economic trade-offs and the cost to quality (or non-quality).  While minimum standards exist in Canada, each decision must be made considering a risk-based business model.

    Learning Objectives:  
    1. The main focus will be on the actual steps of the post harvest process with the key monitoring points that impact flower quality.
    2. The secondary takeaway would be the economic impact of some of the ranges for monitoring points.


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