Austin Publicover is Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) as well as a Certified Professional in Food Safety (CP-FS), an International HACCP Alliance lead instructor, a Seafood HACCP lead instructor, a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and a PCQI Lead Instructor. He has earned several HACCP certificates, including juice HACCP (Cornell University), seafood HACCP (University of Connecticut), Foreign Supplier Verification Program certification (FSPCA), and general HACCP (Texas A&M via IHA). The coolest certificates can be found here. Austin is an associate member of the Central Atlantic States Association of Food & Drug Officials and member of the International Association for Food Protection.
2008 – 2014: Austin worked as an operations manager in the corporate structure of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. 2013 to 2020: Austin ran Bulletproof! Food Safety: 614 repeat clients, >950 restaurant kitchens inspected, >1,500 foodworkers trained. At Bulletproof, Austin also handled HACCP for breaded poultry, gelati, confections, smoked salmon, tortillas, fermented hot sauce, hot-filled salsa, ROP retail, imported bottled water, HPP’d pesto sauce, and lots of fruit and vegetable juices. 2020 onward: Austin formed Endocarp to address larger needs in artisan manufacturing and consumer packaged goods.
Food Safety Plans:
Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and related prerequisite programs (see next list)
Environmental Monitoring Programs
Food defense (Intentional Adulteration & Vulnerability Assessment) plans & mitigation strategies
Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVP) for Human Food
FSMA compliance gap analysis
HACCP plan development and validation for special processes
Intentional Adulteration & Vulnerability Assessment reports
Preventive Controls plans for Human Food (food safety plans) in compliance with 21 CFR Part 117 and successor regulations including validation, verification, and reanalysis
Recall plans and communication documents
Root Cause Analysis procedures & policies
Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures and validation of sanitation controls
Sanitary Transportation Rule for Human Food and for Animal Feed
Sanitation Controls & Validation of Sanitation Procedures
Standard Operating Procedures and implementation
Supply Chain programs
Architectural plan review for sanitary design implementation, including equipment placement, food guard locations, plumbing specifications, refrigeration capacity specifications, and other relevant factors in the New York City market
Pre- and post-construction inspection for Health Code / FDA Model Food Code compliance
Permitting for retail, frozen dessert, restaurants (quick-service, fine dining, etc), commissaries, distribution hubs and warehouses, including permit category specification and other typical permitting required by local Dept of Health or FDA for foodservice establishments
At Endocarp Consulting, Austin Publicover provides a variety of services to food companies who process, manufacture, and distribute foods throughout the United States. Austin has over ten years of experience in the manufacturing space and about fourteen years of navigating the regulatory environment, including FDA, USDA, State and local health departments. Austin takes pride in assisting plant-based product companies achieve regulatory & food safety in view of evolving state & federal regulations, including FSMA*.
Austin’s experience inspecting more than 950 kitchens & production facilities also qualifies him across a wide variety of food production scenarios. In addition to the above food safety plans, programs, and restaurant services, Endocarp Consulting is qualified to develop HACCP plans for special processes, including:
Hot-filling / canning
Seafood HACCP, including all manner of processing
Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) HACCP
Sous vide cooking
Validation, verification, and updating HACCP plans in accordance with FSMA and relevant Code sections
For special processes requiring Process Authority approval, Austin will prepare, submit, and track the food sample & application submittal, then thread the Process Authority approval into your HACCP plan or food safety plan for full regulatory integration.
For special processes that require only a HACCP plan, Endocarp Consulting will prepare and submit your HACCP plan to the regulatory authority, follow through with revisions, and obtain approval and a variance.
*Although Austin has experience with USDA, he does not currently work with meat or meat-based products.