AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (Plex Systems Inc.) — Plex Systems Inc., provider of Plex Online FSMS, the leading enterprise Food Safety Management System (FSMS), announced Thursday a new webinar focused on helping food and beverage processors jump-start their food safety initiatives.

Free registration is now available for the “Getting Started With Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)" food webinar on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, 2 – 3 p.m. EDT.

Guest speaker Jeff Chilton, founder and president of Chilton Consulting Group, Inc. will discuss the basics of GFSI certification including BRC, SQF and FSSC 22000 scheme selection. Chilton will also deliver an overview of the certification process including GAP analysis, program development, program implementation and the audit certification process. Chilton, who has written more than 30 articles in Meat and Poultry magazine, worked in the food industry for more than 15 years prior to starting CCG. He is also a certified lead instructor for Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) training, and is recognized as an industry expert in Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.

“We are pleased to have Jeff Chilton speak on the various industry standards and certifications,” said Plex Systems Vice President Patrick Fetterman. “It is important that food and beverage processors understand the requirements of standards and certifications and be able to define their differences, so they can select the right ones to meet the needs of their businesses.”

This is the first in Plex Systems' second series of webinars focused on educating processors on issues related to food safety management. Its first series of food safety webinars was conducted in June, July and August of this year. It addressed several issues including the recently enacted Food Safety Modernization Act, importance of traceability systems to manage supply chain process and implementing a robust food safety management system.  

Since 1997, Chilton Consulting Group has been assisting food manufacturers meet government regulatory requirements and customer performance standards. CCG specializes in delivering an array of compressive, solution driven services that are designed to protect clients’ businesses, customers and brands. 

Plex Systems Inc. is the developer of the Plex Online Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and Plex Online ERP, a SaaS ERP (software as a service) / cloud ERP solution serving the food and beverage industry. Plex Online FSMS offers industry-leading features for virtually every department within a manufacturer and/or processor, including Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) / shop floor control; Electronic HACCP with integrated SPC; Instant traceability and recall management and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) for finance and management. Plex Online FSMS’s comprehensive functional coverage delivers a “shop floor to top floor” view of enterprise operations, enabling management to run its business at maximum efficiency. Founded in 1995, Plex Systems is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, with customers around the globe. Plex Systems and Plex Online are trademarks of Plex Systems Inc. More information is available at Follow Plex Systems at