Food Safety is our only business

AMERICAN FOOD SAFETY SERVICES (AFSS) has provided training & consulting services to food processing, packaging, distribution, & food service provider companies in more than 20 categories.  Larry Hood, Ph.D, founder & Managing Director of AFSS has over 30 years food industry experience, including manufacturing management, regulatory, technical, product development, food safety & quality in high profile companies such as Johnson & Johnson & Quaker Oats.  We have taught over 3000 individuals in food safety topics such as Preventive Controls, HACCP, SQF, & GMP's & assisted over 300 companies achieve HACCP, SQF  & Preventive Controls certification.     EXPERIENCE COUNTS!

"AMERICAN FOOD SAFETY helped us prepare for and pass SQF audits 3 times.  Dr. Hood takes the fear out of this process."

- Ed  M.  (Nonni's Foods)

"Larry at AMERICAN FOOD SAFETY helped us reach our goal of SQF certification when it seemed impossible in the beginning.  Today we are much more confident in our future."

- Cathy P. (Pavero Cold Storage)

Food safety modernization act

AMERICAN FOOD SAFETY SERVICES, in North Branch, NJ, was the 1st Training Center in the NY, NJ, CT, & PA area accredited by FDA to offer their Food Safety PREVENTIVE CONTROLS for Human Food QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL (PCQI) workshop. This training is needed to prepare the Preventive Controls Qualified Individual(s) to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). We help food, beverage, packaging, distribution companies & food service providers meet complex regulatory & best practice standards needed to grow business. 

All Services

TRAINING WORKSHOPS  onsite or public


  1. FDA Accredited Food Safety "Preventive Control for Human Food Qualified Individual" (PCQI)
  2. HACCP Manager OR  Advanced HACCP
  3. Implementing SQF Systems Practitioner
  4. Advanced SQF Practitioner
  5. Internal Audit
  6. Customized workshops on food safety such as Food Safety Plans & GMPs, Food Fraud
  • Food Safety, FDA's Preventive Controls, HACCP & SQF certification
  • Preventive Controls, HACCP & SQF GAP audits
  • Document & Record Development; work with team to develop your Food Safety Plan, including hazard analysis & determination of preventive controls, implementation & integrating your current food safety documentation & compliance systems to fit new & revised regulations
  • Food defense strategies
  • Traceability
  • Processing efficiencies
  • Listeria remediation
superior accreditations

AMERICAN FOOD SAFETY SERVICES is  recognized as a leading provider of food safety services to the U.S. food industry & its supply chain partners, for over 10 years.  Dr. Larry Hood is: licensed by  Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) as an SQF Trainer and SQF Consultant in 20 food categories, including high risk- trains SQF & Advanced SQF classes; is Lead Instructor for Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) to teach PCQI classes, & is Lead Instructor for International HACCP Alliance (IHA) to teach HACCP, Advanced HACCP & Juice HACCP, and we are the original recognized SQF Institute Training & Consulting Center in NJ. 

American Food Safety Services was founded by and is under the leadership of Dr. Larry Hood. We assist companies comply with regulatory & 3rd party reguirements such as:

• Review your quality and food safety system documentation & provide corrective actions required to implement preventive controls as outlined in federal regulations in 21 CFR 117 Subpart C - Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls.
• Preparation for compliance audit site inspection interviews through training and mentoring.
• Benchmarks for compliance with regulatory and GFSI standards for food safety and quality requirements.


 If your facility is required to register with FDA under section 415 of  Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act, or import , manufacture, process or hold human food, you must comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act Rules (FSMA). The FDA requirements for Preventive Controls and Food Safety Plan are different from HACCP. HACCP accredited  individuals aren't the same as PCQI individuals. It requires more to be in compliance with FSMA rules.    

Next Date:  APRIL   3, 4, & 5 ( 1/2 day on the 5th), 2019       Call about on-site classes


35 - 40 minutes west of Newark International Airport - an easy drive on Rt 78; close to major highways                   Trainer:  Larry Hood, Ph.D.